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.

Public health care systems care for a diverse patient population:

  • Nearly 60% of patients identify as persons of color
  • 37% of patients identify as Hispanic or Latino
  • One in five patients report a primary language other than English

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

  • Serve more than 3.7 million patients annually
  • Operate in 15 counties where more than 80% of the State’s population lives
  • Provide 38% of all hospital care to the remaining uninsured in California
  • Provide nearly 36% of all hospital care to Medicaid (Medi-Cal) beneficiaries in the communities they serve
  • Provide care for 30% more patients than in 2014
  • Operate over 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 85,000 individuals

Serving Patients with Social Needs
In public health care system communities:

  • 123,000 individuals experiencing homeless
  • 3.4 million individuals experiencing food insecurity
  • 3.6 million individuals who live below the federal poverty line
  • 2.5 million individuals who remain uninsured