Tampa General Hospital provides necessary medical care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay for services. Patients, who are admitted and are uninsured or underinsured, may qualify for financial assistance and/or discounted care. Uninsured patients who are seeking non-emergent care are given these guidelines and an estimate of charges upon inquiry, prior to admission. (FS 395.301 7.8)
Qualifying for assistance is based upon the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. Our Financial Counseling staff is available to assist patients throughout the qualifying process. Charity eligibility will be considered for six months from the date of eligibility.
The following guidelines are used to determine the amount of financial assistance a patient receives. A patient’s assets and medical expenses are taken into consideration when determining the level of assistance. Patients will be asked to provide information to the TGH financial counselors in order to determine eligibility for charity or discounted care.
Charity: You will not be billed if your income is between 0 and 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
Charity Catastrophic: You will not be billed if your income is under 400% FPL and your hospital charges are greater than 25% of your annual income.
Uninsured Discount Tier 1: Your hospital bill will be discounted by 70% if your annual income is between 200 and 300% of the FPL.
Uninsured Discount Tier 2: Your hospital bill will be discounted by 60% if your income is between 300 and 400% of the FPL.
Insured/Recently Uninsured: If your income is greater than 400% of the FPL and you are recently uninsured you may qualify for a discount equivalent to that of your most recent insurance
Prompt Payment: If your income is greater than 400% of the FPL, you may qualify for a prompt pay discount. The discounts granted under this provision may vary according to the amount owed and the financial circumstances of the patient and family.
Providing false information to defraud a hospital for the purpose of obtaining goods or services is a misdemeanor in the second degree and punishable under Florida Statute 817.50.