Charity Care Policy and Application

BGH Cares

Purpose

The mission of Bonner General Health is to provide healthcare services to all persons in need of medically necessary services regardless of ability to pay. BGH Cares is established to provide financial assistance regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age or national origin to those patients who are medically indigent or with limited or no financial resources to pay for medical care.

Policy

Bonner General Health offers financial assistance for medically necessary services based on family income and hospital resources to all patients who meet the guidelines set forth in the BGH Cares Procedure. BGH Cares is not considered a payer, but a charity care program and intended as a last resource. Patients are expected to assist in the application process to their full ability.

Overview

BGH Cares applies to all medically necessary procedures and services including but not limited to life threatening and/or life changing illnesses or injuries provided by Bonner General Health, Bonner General Immediate Care, Bonner Community Hospice and Bonner General Home Health.   Medically necessary services may be reviewed by the organization’s clinical committees for determination.

Those services not covered and ineligible for BGH Cares include routine maternity, cosmetic, experimental or elective (not medically necessary) procedures.

Assistance, in most cases, is the last resource to all other financial resources and/ or assistance programs available to the patient. All possible forms of third-party payment will be pursued prior to BGH Cares assistance. Patients/ Guarantors are expected to assist with any efforts to obtain third-party payment.

These options may include:

  • Group or Individual medical plans
  • Military/ VA/ Tricare/ ChampVA
  • Third Party Liability (i.e. Worker’s Comp, Crime Victims, Auto or personal injury)
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • County Assistance
  • Certificates of deposit, savings and/ or checking
  • Stocks/ Bonds, lottery or inheritance, tax refunds, or trusts

Public Notification

Patients expressing concern over their ability to pay for medical services will be encouraged to take an application and will be directed to the Bonner General Business Office if they have questions. Click HERE to download an application.