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(210 ILCS 76/10)
As used in this Act:
"Charity care" means care provided by a health care provider for which the
provider does not expect to receive payment from the patient or a third party
"Community benefits" means the unreimbursed cost to a hospital or health
system of providing charity care, language assistant services,
government-sponsored indigent health care, donations, volunteer services,
education, government-sponsored program services, research, and subsidized
health services and collecting bad debts.
"Community benefits" does not include the cost of paying any taxes or other
"Government sponsored indigent health care" means the unreimbursed cost to a
hospital or health system of Medicare, providing health care services to
recipients of Medicaid,
federal, State, or local indigent health care programs, eligibility for which
is based on
"Health system" means an entity that owns or operates at least one hospital.
"Nonprofit hospital" means a hospital that is organized as a nonprofit
including religious organizations, or a charitable trust under Illinois law or
the laws of
any other state or country.
"Subsidized health services" means those services provided by a hospital in
response to community needs for which the reimbursement is less than the
hospital's cost of providing the services that must be subsidized by other
hospital or nonprofit supporting entity revenue sources. "Subsidized health
services" includes, but is not limited to, emergency and trauma care,
neonatal intensive care, community health clinics, and collaborative efforts
with local government or private agencies to prevent illness and improve
wellness, such as immunization programs.
(Source: P.A. 93-480, eff. 8-8-03.)