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Total Employees • 9,066

Mobile Mammography

Employees By County

Richland – 5,482
Lexington – 2,302
Kershaw – 448
Fairfield – 118
Newberry – 122
Orangeburg – 108
Sumter – 100
Other – 386

Salaries and Benefits
$595 million

Goods and Services Purchased
$413 million

Revenue (after expenses)
$46 million

Charity Care Provided*
$173 million

Non-Payment for Services ("Bad Debt")**
2013 – $225 million

Community Programs and Services
2012 – $55.3 million (most recent data available)

Palmetto Health Foundation
Donations – $5.4 million
Donors – 16,523 donors

Palmetto Health generally defines uninsured care as care provided for which no payment was received from patients and/or insurers. It is a sum of the system’s “bad debt” and charity care it provides. Uninsured care excludes other unfunded costs of care, such as underpayment from Medicaid and Medicare.

*Charity Care consists of services for which Palmetto Health neither received nor expected to receive payment, because it was determined the patient was financially unable to pay a bill. The amount of charity care provided by Palmetto Health in FY2013 was more than five times greater than it was in FY2001, increasing from $33.5 million to nearly $173 million—an average annual increase of 14 percent.

**Bad Debt consists of services for which Palmetto Health expected to receive payment but did not because the patient was unable or unwilling to pay a bill. Bad debt often is generated by uninsured patients, making it reasonable to consider bad debt as one component of Palmetto Health’s total cost of providing care to such patients. The amount of bad debt written off by Palmetto Health has grown more than five times since 2001, increasing from $44.7 million in FY2001 to more than $225 million in FY2013—an average annual increase of 14 percent. A small percentage of bad debt is caused by insured patients who fail to pay their deductibles or co-payments, but the vast majority of bad debt is attributable to uninsured patients.