Hospital Charity Care

Charity Care (also known as free care) includes free or deeply discounted medical services for uninsured, low-income Rhode Islanders. The Department of Health and Rhode Island hospitals are working together to ensure access to essential health care services under this important community benefit.

Regulations provide a consistent standard for applying charity care across hospitals, based on federal poverty levels

Rhode Island requires hospitals to provide essential medical services to qualified charity care patients. Hospitals must not discourage patients who cannot afford to pay from seeking essential medical services, nor direct them to seek those services from other providers.

Our Health Disparities and Access to Care Team in the Division of Community, Family Health and Equity can answer your questions or concerns about Charity Care.