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Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital

306 Prairie Avenue SW
PO Box 160
De Smet, SD 57231
605-854-3161 Fax

Charity and Patient Financial Assistance

Charity and Patient Financial Assistance Programs

Our mission is to care for all patients regardless of ability to pay. No one should put off needed medical care because of a lack of health insurance or concern about paying. That is why Avera has Charity Care and Patient Assistance Programs. These programs provide free or discounted services to patients who qualify.

If you cannot pay your part of the bill in full, the business office staff will work with you. We will help you develop a payment plan for your particular situation. If you do not have insurance or money to pay your bill, there are options for you. You may qualify for one of the government programs that will pay for your services. Avera will help you by understanding your situation. We will assist you in applying for aid.

If you do not qualify for these programs, we may still be able to help you with your bill. Avera's Charity Care and Patient Assistance Programs help uninsured or underinsured persons accepted for care with no obligation or a discounted obligation to pay for services based on income and family size. These programs are available once all other third-party resources (including local assistance programs) are exhausted.

To help determine if you qualify for Avera's Charity Care and Patient Assistance Programs, Avera:

  • Uses income guidelines issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • Considers all of your financial assets and liabilities
  • Requires you provide the personal and financial information we ask for

You will continue to receive a bill until we decide if you qualify for the program.

We are committed to helping you and your family receive the medical care you need regardless of your financial situation. We cannot help without hearing from you. If you need special assistance, please let us know so we can find a solution for you.