|Payer for Hospital Services||
Government, Private, Self, Other Payer/Unknown
No monitoring programs are yet associated with this indicator.
Associated Programs data not provided.
Payer for Hospital Services is reported in the Sustainability Dashboard. Indicators in the Sustainability Dashboard focus on economic, environmental, and community health in the Lake Tahoe Region.
The distribution of payers for hospital services is a helpful measure of the wealth levels, personal health and hospital affordability for Tahoe residents over time. Higher dependence on government insurance can indicate an inability of residents to pay for hospital services on their own, and thus reflect a growing portion of the community likely to avoid preventative care due to the inability to pay for such services. This indicator also reflects the affordability and accessibility of hospitals in the region for local residents; affordability and accessibility are impacted by the dependence on government insurance because below market rates for government insurers are offset by above market rates for private insurers and self-payers.
This indicator measures the annual total count of Tahoe residents discharged from hospitals in California serving Tahoe residents by expected source of payment. Expected sources of payment for hospital services, includes Government Insurance (Medicare, Medi-Cal, Other Government, Private Insurance (Private Coverage, Worker’s Compensation), Self-Paid and Other/Unknown, as defined by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD).