About Public Health Care Systems
California’s 21 public health care systems span the northern and southern portions of the state. Primarily serving those from historically marginalized communities, public health care systems’ mission to serve anyone who walks through their doors regardless of insurance status, immigration status, ability to pay, or other circumstance, has never been stronger.
Although public health care systems account for only 6% of hospitals in the state, they serve more than 3.7 million patients annually.
Although public health care systems account for only 6% of hospitals in the state, they serve more than 3.7 million patients annually and operate in 15 counties where more than 80% of the population lives. As major Medi-Cal providers, public health care systems have led the way in delivery system transformation, utilizing state and federally funded programs, to ensure the delivery of high quality, integrated, and equitable health care.
Most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown yet again how essential public health care systems are in their communities, not only during public health crises, but every day. With steadfast conviction, public health care systems continue to honor their mission and serve their communities, providing compassionate and high-quality care to all.