The UAB Health System (UABHS) is the largest multispecialty group of health care professionals in Alabama, with approximately 1,432 physicians providing the highest level of care to patients from every state in the nation and many countries around the world. It serves as a major regional referral center that treats some of the most critical patients in the Southeast. In the last fiscal year, UABHS entities cared for more than 90,000 hospitalized patients and provided medical services for 1.5 million clinic visits and more than 116,000 emergency department visits.
UABHS cares for the sickest, most vulnerable patients, serving as a safety net for those who are turned away from other care providers. UABHS provides significant charity care to indigent patients not covered by insurance. The estimated cost for this care in the last fiscal year was almost $62 million. UABHS also provides care to a large number of individuals covered by governmental programs that may reimburse below cost. Last year, the unreimbursed cost for treating Medicaid patients was almost $14 million. In addition, UABHS entities provide health care services to many individuals who cannot pay for all or any of their medical care. In fiscal year 2018, the unreimbursed cost for was almost $93 million.
UABHS is recognized nationally as one of the best hospitals in the country. U.S. News and World Report continually ranks UAB Medicine as the number one hospital in Alabama and among the top institutions in the Southeast and the nation with 10 nationally-ranked medical programs. Additionally, more than 350 UAB physicians are ranked among the Best Doctors in America, and each year the health system is recognized by outside organizations as having the highest levels of patient safety, one of the best hospitals for patient experience, and a national leader in LGBTQ healthcare equity.