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Hill-Burton Act: Free or Low Cost Care

What is Hill-Burton?

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Hill-Burton is a federal law which requires that any facility which used federal funds to build, expand or renovate its facilities must provide a percentage of its services free or at a low charge.

The amount of funds available for Hill-Burton care is set each year and is used on a first-come, first-served basis.

Since facilities are not required to provide free or low cost services beyond the percentage specified in the law, all the Hill-Burton care available in a facility tends to be used early in the year.

Hill-Burton facilities must provide emergency treatment.

In a very real sense, the amount of free or low cost care Hill-Burton facilities are obligated to provide repays the federal government for the investment. The obligation to provide Hill-Burton care ends a period of years after the government investment.

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