Uncompensated care is important because costs incurred by hospitals in providing this care eventually must be paid by someone. Hospitals are forced to shift these costs to other payers — typically private insurance companies. This is referred to as the "cost shift".
Uncompensated care and inadequate reimbursement by government insurance programs like Medicare and Medicaid end up affecting everyone because they contribute to the increase in the overall cost of health care.
As the health care bill continues to rise businesses are forced to either reduce benefits to employees or require their employees to pay for a greater portion of their monthly premium. In other words, your premiums will continue to increase along with deductibles and copays.
The Texas Medical Association estimates a condition that could be treated in a doctor's office using Medicaid rates would be $56.21, including labs and x-ray. That same treatment in an Emergency Room would cost $193.92. Taxpayers, Texans with insurance, and employers who offer health benefits are paying for those uninsured and at a higher rate. The Texas Medical Association also reports it costs Texans more than $116 Billion in 2008.
By focusing on prevention/lifestyle changes and treatment at the early signs of an illness, we can control costs and minimize severe health care challenges. Today, many uninsured wait too long before getting treatment and go straight to the emergency room. Project Access-Collin County services provide a real time alternative to utilizing the local Emergency Department as a means to routine healthcare.
PACC is committed to improving the health of our community by creating access to care and services for those most in need. Our task is to coordinate a network of physician volunteers and other healthcare providers and make it easier to donate medically necessary care to the low-income uninsured in our communities. Through our navigation program, we encourage patients to participate in their own and learn to overcome common barriers to living a healthy and prosperous life. Our Community Advocacy Program is a vital part of our mission and includes services such as: interpretation/translation, basic health education, transportation services and coaching/coordination with connecting clients to local and state resources.