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Hill-Burton Act: Free or Low Cost Care


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Under a federal law called Hill-Burton, you may be eligible to receive free or reduced cost care at your local hospital, nursing home or medical facility.

Services are determined by the facility and don't include care by a private doctor. However, they may include care by a doctor on staff.

Eligibility for Hill-Burton care is based on family size and income. There is no citizenship requirement, but there is a residency requirement. Hill-Burton facilities may not discriminate based on race etc. Hill-Burton does not cover services which are covered under private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.

The amount of Hill-Burton care a facility must give per year is set at the beginning of the year and can be used up quickly

To learn about Hill-Burton availability in a particular medical center, call the finance department. Speak with a supervisor if possible. Ask:

  • Does the program still has availability?
  • If so, what services are provided?
  • What are the eligibility requirements? 

For additional information about Hill-Burton, see

TIP: You can maximize care under Hill-Burton if you choose a doctor who also teaches at a Hill-Burton Hospital. If a facility's Hill-Burton allotment is used for the year, you can set an appointment for early the following year.

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