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Related to uncompensated care: Charity care
Etymology: ME, un, against, not; L, compendere, to be equivalent
services provided by a hospital or other health care professional for which no charge is made and for which no payment is expected.
uncompensated careMedical treatment of a Pt provided in the US by a physician or other health care professional that is not paid by the Pt, the government, or an insurance carrier Types Charity care, bad debt, discounted Medicaid care. See Medicaid, 'Service' patient. Cf Pro bono.
Health care provided to those who are uninsured and unable to pay for the services they receive. In the U.S. most uncompensated care is provided for in a relatively small number of urban hospitals.
See also: care