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Who Receives Uncompensated Care?

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Publication Date: March 2008

Publisher(s): New America Foundation

Author(s): Sarah Axeen; Elizabeth Carpenter

Topic: Health (Health care financing)

Keywords: Uninsured; Uncompensated Care

Type: Brief


Two distinct groups of people account for the majority of uncompensated care costs--those living at or below the poverty line and middle- and high-income individuals who may be able to afford health coverage. It is likely that an individual mandate, combined with sliding scale subsidies and targeted low-income outreach will be necessary to reduce uncompensated care costs.