UC Health delivers $4.4 billion in community benefits
University of California’s academic health centers and faculty practices provided $4.4 billion in fiscal year 2021-2022 in programs, activities and care. The benefits, which increased by $345 million over the prior year, aligned with the needs of communities across California and had a focus on youth programs, food security and health equity.
UC Health’s community benefits spending has grown by 9 percent since the 2018-2019 fiscal year when the system first began its reporting. Details of the community benefits are provided in this year’s annual report and included:
- $1.7 billion in net community benefits from UC academic health centers, which is an increase of $28.7 million over the prior year
- $764 million in community benefits from UC faculty practice groups
Community benefits also included significant amounts of care for people covered by Medicare and Medi-Cal for which UC’s health locations are not compensated. The reimbursement gap for UC hospital-based care delivered to people with Medicare coverage was $1.95 billion. UC’s academic health centers also contributed approximately $1 billion in unreimbursed Medi-Cal care as a benefit, which is equal to a quarter of Medi-Cal community benefits care from all tax-exempt hospitals in the state combined. Further Medicare and Medi-Cal uncompensated care occurred at UC faculty practice groups.health equity, UC Health, University of California Health