At UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, we're committed to helping patients who don't have the means to pay for emergency care and other medically necessary health care services. See below to learn about our financial assistance program and how to apply.
If your child doesn't have health insurance, or if you're seeking care that isn't covered by your insurance plan, your child is considered a self-pay patient. All self-pay patients are eligible for a discount at UCSF Health. To learn more about our discount policy, please contact Financial Counseling at the number below.
If you're facing financial hardship, we encourage you to apply to Medi-Cal and other government programs that may be of assistance. If you don't qualify for those programs, or if you have substantial financial liabilities despite having insurance, you may qualify for UCSF's charity care assistance.
Those with a family income at or below 400 percent of federal poverty level (FPL) guidelines are generally eligible for 100 percent assistance. The table below shows the criteria for receiving 100 percent financial assistance.
|Family size||100% charity assistance income level|
How to apply
If Patient Financial Services has advised you to apply for financial assistance, please visit the Patient Financial Assistance Portal. You may also download the application below and send it to the address listed on the application.
Estimate out-of-pocket costs
We want you to understand your potential out-of-pocket costs before your visit, and we have a team of financial advisors available to help you with this. To speak with an advisor about a personalized out-of-pocket financial responsibility estimate specific to your child's care, call the Patient Estimate Program at the toll-free number below. Or, use their online tool to help calculate out-of-pocket costs for our most common services.
Billing & Insurance
After health insurance processes a claim, you may need to pay a portion out of pocket. Learn about billing, payment options, assistance and more.
We accept numerous health insurance plans at our pediatric hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland. Find out if your plan is one of them.
Health Insurance Glossary
Our glossary explains health insurance terms related to your child's care in language that's easy to understand. Get info about HIPAA, referrals and more.
This extensive list of hospital charges doesn't show the amount you or your insurer will actually pay. Financial advisors are available. Learn more.
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