What is Community Benefit?
Community benefit includes all of the services that community hospitals provide at no cost. There are many ways Oregon’s hospitals contribute to the overall health of their communities, each unique in the types of services they provide. Community benefits include:
- Charity Care – Free hospital care when the patient is unable to pay.
- Community Health Improvement Services – Free services that help improve community health. This includes things like support groups, self-help programs, health fairs, and screenings at local events.
- Research – Clinical and community health research, studies on health care delivery, and evaluation of new and innovative therapies.
- Health Professions Education – Educational programs and scholarships for physicians, medical students, interns, residents, nurses, nursing students, and other health professionals.
- Subsidized Health Services – Services that meet a specific need in the community. They include things like air ambulance, trauma centers, local emergency medical technician training, burn units, senior health programs, and more.
- Cash and In-Kind Contributions – Money, goods and services donated by the hospital to individuals or groups to improve the overall health of the community.
- Community Building Activities – Programs that may not be directly related to health care, but provide opportunities to address community problems. This includes things like housing and environmental improvements, and workforce development.