The Uninsured in Oklahoma

  • Nearly one in seven (545,000) Oklahomans is uninsured, 14.2 percent of our citizens. 1
  • Oklahoma ranks second highest in the nation for its percent of uninsured citizens. 1
  • One in 10 Oklahoma children (below 200 percent of poverty) is uninsured, 9.5 percent. 2
  • Oklahoman ranks 15th in the nation for percent of uninsured children. 2
1. According to U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 American Community Survey, one-year estimates. Percentages are rounded.
2. According to U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 American Community Survey, Percentages are rounded.


Uncompensated Care


Oklahoma hospitals provide more than $592 million in uncompensated care annually, according to the American Hospital Association’s annual hospital survey conducted in 2017. Uncompensated care includes the cost of charity care and bad debt. These shortfalls must be “cost shifted” to insurance companies, self-insured businesses, and others who pay for health care services.

OHA Data Solutions 


Introducing a new initiative to improve the quality and timeliness of inpatient and outpatient encounter data available to hospitals in Oklahoma.

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