New Jersey hospitals treat all patients, including those who can’t afford to pay for their care. There are several programs to assist New Jersey residents who have trouble paying for their medical costs.
- New Jersey’s charity care program ensures that all hospitals will take care of any patient in need, even if they cannot afford to pay for medical care. New Jersey hospitals provide more than $1 billion in charity care services annually. If you come to the hospital, the hospital will help determine if you are eligible for this program.
- For those who don’t qualify for the charity care program, a New Jersey state law limits the amount of hospital bills for patients who meet certain income levels. For example, this law makes sure people who can’t afford to pay will not face a hospital bill at the “charges” rates shown on this site.
- New Jersey hospitals offer discount policies and payment plans for those who are having difficulty with medical bills. Ask your hospital’s patient financial services or patient access representative if you have concerns about a bill.
- New Jersey hospitals also have adopted guidelines on billing aimed at assisting individuals and families who are facing difficulties with their medical bills.