Facts about California’s public health care systems

California’s 21 public health care systems provide a range of comprehensive services including primary care, outpatient specialty care, emergency and inpatient services, rehabilitative services, and in some instances, long-term care.

Though accounting for just 6% of hospitals in the state, these public health care systems:

  • Serve more than 2.85 million patients annually
  • Operate in 15 counties where more than 80% of the State’s population lives
  • Provide nearly 35% of all hospital care to Medicaid (Medi-Cal) beneficiaries in the communities they serve
  • Represent a diverse patient population with 35% of patients using a non-English language as their preferred language
  • Serve as the primary care provider for more than 500,000 Medi-Cal enrollees who have gained coverage since 2014
  • Provide 40% of all hospital care to the remaining uninsured in the communities they serve
  • Operate half of all California’s top-level trauma and burn centers
  • Provide over 10 million outpatient visits each year
  • Operate more than 200 outpatient clinic facilities
  • Train half of all new doctors in hospitals across the state
  • Employ more than 84,000 individuals