Charity Care

Almost 1.7 million Georgians have no health insurance. Most of the uninsured are part of working families, and two-thirds have incomes less than half of the federal poverty line. Many were among the 1.3 million working Americans who lost health insurance in the previous year. Others were surprised to find their health insurance depleted or their insurers refusing to approve needed procedures or medicines.

Every hospital in Georgia sees patients like these, but patients with extremely complex and challenging illnesses that in many cases have already eaten up family resources and insurance coverage are disproportionately referred to Emory. When these patients arrive, Emory doctors do what they have always done: provide the best and most compassionate care possible, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.

Emory Healthcare physicians provide charity care for our community, including $48.9 million in annual charity care through Emory Healthcare. Read the stories of just a few of these patients below:

Alex Miller

Almost 20 years ago, when Alex Miller received a diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the 4-year-old was showered with medical attention. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston became a second home, one he returned to regularly for checkups and care even after his leukemia disappeared. The Egleston nurses and the Emory physicians who practice there were his second family. Then he grew up. Learn more >>

Jen & Bill Arnold

Jen and Bill Arnold were going to celebrate their first anniversary and, three months later, welcome the arrival of their first baby. What looked like a glitch—Tom being downsized from his job—had turned into a new job paying $50 more per week. Enough that Jen could keep working on her degree and stay home with the baby. Then, everything changed... Learn more >>

Jose Romanez

At 24, Jose Romanez was the primary breadwinner for his family back in Mexico. He sent them money each week from his work in landscaping or whatever jobs he could get, since he had no papers. One day though, he began complaining of head and neck pain... Learn more >>

Melody Freeman

Perhaps it was related to the stress of her husband losing his job, but Melody Freeman’s multiple sclerosis had kicked into overdrive... Learn more >>

Terrell Smith

Insurance would pay for the standard treatment for Terrell Smith’s glioblastoma multiforme, the most common and aggressive of the primary brain tumors. Unfortunately, Smith’s egg-sized tumors were unresponsive to the standard drug, designed to interfere with cell growth. The star-shaped tumors kept growing, worsening his headaches, contributing to the personality changes that had brought him to seek diagnosis in the first place... Learn more >>

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