An investigation by The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer found that while North Carolina hospitals get tax breaks worth hundreds of millions, some are doing little to help the poor. Instead, many hospitals are pursuing uninsured patients with lawsuits or collections agencies that can destroy their credit.
All but eight of North Carolina’s general hospitals are nonprofits. That means they pay no state or federal income taxes and no real estate taxes on hospital-related properties. Collectively, tax breaks save them hundreds of millions of dollars each year.