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Payment for Services Issues

Payment for Services Issues

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.

Sickest Children Challenge

Sickest Children Challenge

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.

Provider Shortage Challenge

Provider Shortage Challenge

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.  

About Our Members

About Our Members

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.