ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Presbyterian Healthcare Services announced
today it provided more than $33 million in free medical care in 2011 to
patients unable to afford their medical services. Presbyterian also gave an
additional $56 million in medical care where the payment received was less than
the cost of the service provided.
The cost of each service provides all charity and
uncompensated care figures.
Presbyterian provides free financial assistance, as well as
discounts on medical services to patients whose income coincides with those of
the federal poverty guidelines. Additionally, Presbyterian provides a 25
percent discount on billed charges for self-pay patients who do not have health
“As a not-for-profit healthcare system, providing free care
to patients who can’t afford it is at the core of our service to New Mexico,”
said Jim Hinton, president and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services. “It is
important that the community understands this assistance is available to
Presbyterian commits significant time and resources to
critical services that meet unfilled community needs. Many of these activities
are sponsored with the knowledge that they will not be self-supporting or
financially viable. Such programs include health screenings, cancer support
groups, hospice programs, free transportation, funding for homeless healthcare
programs and free flu vaccines.
About Presbyterian Healthcare
Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the
health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was
founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit
healthcare system and its largest provider of care. Presbyterian offers eight
hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group.
Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with more
than 9,000 respected employees and growing.