CHI Franciscan, a part of Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health, recently announced it will suspend billing for services related to COVID-19, including testing and treatment, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.
This change will take place immediately across the healthcare system’s eight acute care hospitals and more than 200 clinics, including St. Anthony’s Hospital in Gig Harbor, St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Tacoma, and St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way.
“The last thing our patients should worry about if they experience symptoms characteristic of this coronavirus is the cost of seeking care,” Lloyd H. Dean, CEO of CommonSpirit Health, said in a statement. “While we cannot yet know how COVID-19 will spread in the days and weeks ahead, our care sites will remain available to our communities. The most important thing now is for people who experience symptoms of the coronavirus to contact their healthcare provider and seek medical care if directed to do so.”
CHI Franciscan’s parent, CommonSpirit Health, which has hundreds of hospitals and clinics across 21 states, said it will continue to partner with local, state, and federal officials to explore cost-sharing options related to COVID-19.