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Billing, Insurance and Payment

Financial Guidance

Questions About Insurance, Billing, and Financial Assistance

A UC Davis Health financial counselor is available to answer your questions about insurance coverage. They can also answer questions about financial assistance programs that you may be eligible for.

You may be eligible to receive benefits through programs such as Medi-Cal, California Children’s Services, Medicare, the county Medically Indigent Services Program, or a charity care discount program. You may be eligible if:

  1. you do not have health insurance, or you have inadequate insurance to cover your care
  2. you meet certain low- and moderate-income requirements

To meet with a financial counselor:

  • For inpatient hospital services, please contact a hospital financial counselor through UC Davis Health’s Financial Clearance Department at 916-734-3245 (4-3245 on a hospital phone). Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • For outpatient hospital services, please contact UC Davis Health’s Patient Billing Customer Service Department at 916-734-9200.

Staff at either number can provide more information, and applications for the Medi-Cal program and our charity care discount program.

In addition, UC Davis patients who are eligible for State Disability Insurance (SDI) may request help with completing disability application forms and obtaining necessary medical documents. This help involves a $10 fee. For information call 916-734-2293 (4-2293 on a hospital phone) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Patient Financial Assistance

UC Davis Health’s Help Paying Your Bill page contains more information on our Financial Assistance (Charity Care) program, including

  • policy information
  • income guidelines
  • program application

Need Help Paying Your Bill?

Visit our Help Paying Your Bill page for more information about charity and financial assistance.

Hospital Charges

Daily hospital charges include fees for your:

  • room
  • meals
  • 24-hour nursing care
  • other services such as laundry, housekeeping, mail delivery, accounting and security

Charges are based on your room type and the amount of care you need.

Other parts of your hospital bill may include:

  • procedures to diagnose or treat your condition
  • medical tests
  • some supplies and drugs
  • services of hospital specialists, such as radiologists and pathologists

We generally bill your insurance company or health plan within two weeks after your discharge. Once your insurance company pays its portion, you will be billed for:

  • co-pays
  • deductibles
  • services for which your insurance company does not pay

If you are hospitalized for more than four weeks, we may bill your insurance company at two or more intervals.

Physician Fees

Charges for professional services provided by your physicians (such as hospitalists, anesthesiologists and ancillary profes­sionals) will also be billed separately to your insurance company, Medi-Cal, Medicare, or your primary care physician’s medical group.

Once your insurance company or health plan pays its portion, you will receive one monthly state­ment that will include any hospital and/or physicians’ fees. The statement will show balances such as co-pays, deductibles, or services not covered by your insurance. Any charges not paid by your insurance carrier are your responsibility.

Billing Questions

If you have questions about billing, insurance or financial arrangements, please call using the numbers below.

Note: For all email communications with UC Davis Health’s Patient Billing Customer Service Department, patients must first read and sign this email consent form (PDF) and send it to

Hospital Bill Before Discharge

If you are an inpatient and have questions before you leave the hospital.

UC Davis Health Financial Clearance Department

Hospital Bill After Discharge

If you are an inpatient and have questions about physicians’ fees while in the hospital. Or if you are an outpatient and have questions.

UC Davis Health Patient Billing Customer Service Department

Concerns About Denied Health Insurance Claims, Preauthorizations, etc.

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