About Affordability

Our nation’s health care system is financially inaccessible for too many people — especially in California where the cost of living is second-highest in the country. Hospitals, a pillar of the system and often the largest employer in their communities, understand the challenges and have been working for years to slow the rate of growth in health care spending. But making a real difference for Californians will take an equal effort from others: insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, doctors, government agencies, labor unions, and more. California’s hospitals stand ready to do our part and are eager to work with other stakeholders to tackle this challenge.

How Hospitals Are Paid

This infographic shows hospitals’ primary sources of payment — Medicare and Medi-Cal, which chronically underfund hospital services, and commercial insurers, which make up the difference.

Hospitals at the Forefront

This infographic shows how hospitals are doing their part to make health care more affordable. Now, it’s time for others (like commercial insurers) to step up.