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Massachusetts hospitals provided $622 million in community benefits in 2011

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office released a report on Thursday detailing the community benefits provided by hospitals.

In exchange for their tax-exempt status, non-profit hospitals are expected to pay for programs in their communities that improve residents’ health, and report their expenditures publicly.

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Fifty non-profit hospitals reported $559 million in community benefits during fiscal year 2011, of which $58 million went for free or discounted care for patients. The hospitals on average spent more than 3 percent of their total patient care expenses on community benefits.

Many for-profit hospitals also provide community benefits. Twelve for-profit hospitals reported $63 million in community benefits, $16 million of which was spent on free or discounted care for patients. The for-profit hospitals also spent about three percent of their total patient expenses on community benefits.

You can find the full press release here. You also can search reports filed by individual hospitals.

Liz Kowalczyk can be reached at kowalczyk@globe.com.
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