The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) is committed to providing the best possible patient care to all who need it. TBHC has established a Financial Assistance Program (FAP) to provide assistance to qualifying patients.
Patients are eligible for financial assistance if:
- They are uninsured or have exhausted their health insurance benefits
- They are residents of the United States
- Their family income is below 300% of the Federal PovertyGuidelines
Please note, the Financial Assistance Program applies only to medically necessary services provided and billed by the hospital. Cosmetic and any other services deemed not medically necessary are not eligible for financial assistance, fee waivers, discounts, or time payment plans.
The Financial Assistance Program does not apply to:
- Physician bills
- Patients enrolled in managed care or other insurance plans
Patients who may be eligible for other government sponsored health insurance programs, like Medicaid, may be asked to apply for these benefits. Our financial counselors can assist with this process.
FAP eligible patients will not be charged more than the amounts generally billed (AGB) for emergency or other medically necessary care.
The Application Process
- Applications can be obtained at the Financial Assistance office on the first floor of the hospital, calling 718-250-8080 or printing it directly from the link in the Forms and Information section below.
- All applications must be received within ninety (90) days from the discharged date noted on all outpatient visits; however, you are permitted a minimum of two hundred and forty (240) days to apply and submit a complete inpatient application.
- Financial Counseling will review all applications and notify the patient in writing within 30 days after receipt of completed application.
Required Documentation for Income and Asset Verification
In order to determine the fee-scale amount and eligibility for financial assistance, the patient will have to provide the following documentation:
- Alien Registration Card, birth certificate or passport
- Social Security Card or awards letter
- Pay stubs or W2 withholding forms
- Income tax returns
- Pension or retirement benefits
- Rental income statements
- Unemployment insurance benefits
- The New York State self-pay surcharge currently in effect will be added to all fee-scaled amounts.
Certain types of care will be provided to self-pay patients, regardless of payment compliance at registration. These include:
- Care in the Emergency Department
- One follow-up of an Emergency Department visit (e.g., suture removal)
Forms and Information
2021 Federal Poverty Guidelines
The Brooklyn Hospital Center will determine a sliding fee scale for each service based on Federal Poverty Guidelines and the patient's income level as follows:
|Sliding Scale Rate||Rate is $150 per Discharge for inpatient services; $150 for Outpatient Surgical Procedures; $150 for MRI/CT/PET Scan Procedures; $15 per Emergency Room or Clinic Visits||20% of Rate||50% of Rate||80% of Rate||100% of Rate|
Each additional person: $4,540