Report: Florida hospitals provided $2.7 billion in community benefits in 2011

Report: Florida hospitals provided $2.7 billion in community benefits in 2011

A Florida Hospital Association report released this morning claims the state’s health centers provided $2.7 billion in community benefits in 2011, an amount that includes charity care and discounted medical treatment.

The lobbying group looked at Internal Revenue Service data and information reported to the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration. Here is the statewide breakdown:

* Charity care: $1.4 billion
* Medicaid and other means-tested government programs: $745 million
* Health professionals education, research and workforce development: $348 million

* Community health improvement and other activities: $250 million
“Often, we focus on the fact that Florida’s hospitals provide high-quality care to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay,” said Bruce Rueben, president of the Florida Hospital Association, in a prepared comment. “This report underscores their extraordinary value that goes beyond direct patient care. Hospitals are essential to the social and economic well being of their communities.”

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