As part of our mission, Methodist Healthcare provides care to patients without financial means to pay for hospital services. Care will be provided to all patients who present themselves for care at any Methodist Healthcare facility without regard to race, creed, color or national origin and who are classified as financially or medically indigent.
A financially indigent person is one who is uninsured or underinsured and is accepted for care with no obligation or discounted obligation to pay for services based on income and family size. The hospital uses poverty income guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to determine a person's eligibility for charity care.
A medically indigent patient is a person whose medical and hospital bills after payment by third party payers exceeds 1O percent of the person's annual gross income and the person is unable to pay the remaining bill. Methodist Healthcare may consider other financial assets and liabilities of the patient when determining ability to pay.
Financial assistance with respect to emergency and medically necessary care may be available to patients who do not qualify for state or federal assistance. In most cases, patients that fall below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines based on total household income may receive 100 percent of their bill forgiven (subject to income verification/documentation requirements). In certain cases, other discounts ranging from 40 to 90 percent apply if the patient's total household income is over 200 percent and not more than 500 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.