ERIC Number: EJ725656
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug-1
Reference Count: 40
Increasing Access to Health Care: Examination of Hospital Community Benefits and Free Care Programs
Giffords, Elissa D.; Wenze, Linda; Weiss, David M.; Kass, Donna; Guercia, Rosemarie
Health & Social Work, v30 n3 p213 Aug 2005
The present study explored hospital community benefits and free care programs at seven hospitals in Nassau and Suffolk counties in Long Island, New York. There were two components to this project: (1) assessment of information regarding the availability of free care and (2) an analysis of the community benefits information filed with state regulatory offices. Results show that not one of the seven hospitals consistently informed surveyors that free care was available to low-income, uninsured people. Surveyors had difficulty obtaining written free care policies. The article concludes with suggestions for government agencies, hospital administrators, social workers, and other advocates on how to get involved in efforts to increase access to health care for the uninsured population.
Descriptors: Access to Health Care, Social Services, Hospitals, Counties, Community Benefits, Health Insurance, Low Income Groups, Medical Services, Public Policy, Public Health, Organizational Communication, Compliance (Legal)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: New York