California’s 21 public health care systems include county-owned and operated facilities and University of California Medical Centers.
These public health care systems account for just 6% of hospitals in the state,
but provide 43% of all hospital care to the remaining uninsured in California,
as well as 25% of all hospital care to the state’s Medi-Cal beneficiaries,
while training 57% of all new doctors in the state.
California’s public health care systems serve more than 2.85 million patients annually, providing more than 10.5 million outpatient visits each year. These public health care systems operate more than half of California’s top-level trauma and burn centers, and serve fifteen counties where more than 80% of the state’s population lives.
California’s public health care systems serve as the primary care provider for more than 500,000 newly-eligible Medi-Cal beneficiaries under the Affordable Care Act, and operate more than 200 outpatient clinic facilities.
Read more about the history and mission of California’s public health care systems.