Uncompensated Care Fund: Why Donate?

Since 1907, Seattle Children’s Hospital strives to provide the best medical treatment possible for the region's children. As healthcare professionals, they also empathize with the high cost associated with quality medical care.

But, all hope is not lost. Thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers, the uncompensated care fund rescues many of the region’s families from economic despair, in light of a medical crisis. Peaks of Life is one of 450 guilds that comprise the Seattle Children’s Guild Association. With the help of this network, the hospital can treat all patients in need, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

According to the Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation, the guild provided $126.7 million in uncompensated care to patients in 2016. Combined, the organization truly leaves no family left behind. There are no economic qualifications. Once a family reaches out to the Billing and Finance Department, they’ll work hand-in-hand toward a resolution.

Peaks of Life Founder (PoL), Forrest Barker, with a check written out to the uncompensated care fund following our 2015 Fundraising Gala.

What happens to your family when an unexpected crisis occurs?

Cancer costs can cap out insurance limits very quickly, and leave families to pay for the subsequent astronomical bills out-of-pocket. Even broken bones can have a devastating effect on a family’s savings.

While the Affordable Care Act extended coverage to a large number of adults, there is still little offered to the American youth. Taxes contribute to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), but are only offered to low-income families and doesn’t cover the full cost for life-altering situations. Insurance is helpful, but high deductibles and coverage limits are a challenge for many. For any family that is living paycheck-to-paycheck, this can be an impossible reality.

We are here to help families belay down to financial security. Join us in helping our region’s youth, in our continuous climb for more than a summit. To donate directly to the fund, click here. Stay tuned for more information about our 2017 gala, or follow and donate to our mountaineering adventures! All money we raise goes directly to the uncompensated care fund.