The Uninsured in Oklahoma

  • Nearly one in seven (552,835) Oklahomans is uninsured, 14.3 percent of our citizens.1
  • Oklahoma ranks second highest in the nation for its percent of uninsured citizens.1
  • One in 12 Oklahoma children is uninsured, 8.6 percent. 2
  • Oklahoman ranks fifth in the nation for percent of uninsured children. 2
1. According to U.S. Census Bureau, 2019 American Community Survey, one-year estimates. Percentages are rounded.
2. According to U.S. Census Bureau, 2019 American Community Survey, Percentages are rounded.

Uncompensated Care

Oklahoma hospitals provide more than $663 million in uncompensated care annually, according to the American Hospital Association’s annual hospital survey conducted in 2020. 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.