Financial Assistance Programs 

For patients who do not have insurance coverage, East Cooper Medical Center offers alternate funding and payment plan options. Our hospital staff will work with you to identify available options, based on government and hospital rules and regulations.

Here is an overview of the financial assistance programs provided.

Medical Eligibility Program (MEP) is a hospital service provided to you at no cost. You may qualify for government programs which pay for all or part of your hospital and medical expenses. If you are under 21 or over 65 years old, have children in the household, are pregnant, potentially disabled, or have been a Victim of Crime you may qualify. Our hospital Patient Advocates will assist you with the application process.

Government Programs


Temporary Assistance for needy Families

Social Security Disability Supplemental Security Income

County Indigent

Victims of a Violent Crime Fund 

Charity Care Program--Financial Assistance

Charity care is available to patients who do not have the means to pay for hospital expenses and do not qualify for any government programs.

You may qualify for hospital financial assistance if your household income is below 200% of the federal poverty limit. To be considered for this program, you will be required to provide information on your household finances through a confidential Financial Application. Documentation will be requested to verify your circumstances in order to determine eligibility. Please contact the Financial Assistance Center at (888) 233-7868, Monday thru Friday, 6am to 6pm (PST) for more information.

A non-profit credit counseling service may be available in your area. Contact Information:  Patient Advocate  (843) 375-5224.

Compact With Uninsured Patients 

We take the complex issues facing the uninsured very seriously. Tenet became the first major hospital network to offer innovative solutions to the challenges faced by hospital patients without insurance when it introduced its Compact With Uninsured Patients. 

East Cooper Medical Center has adopted the policy.  The program offers discount rates to all uninsured patients who receive treatment at our hospital, regardless of their income level.  To learn more, click here.