Medi-Cal is the primary payer for services rendered at Children’s Hospitals; half of the Children’s Hospitals’ caseload is paid for by Medi-Cal.
Physicians tend to refer the sickest children, whose treatments are complex and expensive, to Children’s Hospitals. Complex surgical cases can cost five to six times more per day than an average case at a community hospital.
Children’s Hospitals serve as important pediatric medical research centers. Direct graduate medical education expenses incurred by Children’s Hospitals in California annually exceed $90 million.
California’s eight Children’s Hospitals (as defined by the California Welfare & Institutions code 10727) treat children with serious and life-threatening diseases like leukemia and other cancers, heart problems, sickle cell anemia, diabetes, HIV, and cystic fibrosis.