Harrisburg, PA (October 17, 2023) – Pennsylvania hospitals invested $9 billion in strengthening the health of their communities while supporting 1 in 10 jobs statewide and one-fifth of the commonwealth’s gross domestic product, an analysis released today by The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) found.
The analysis of fiscal year (FY) 2022 data by the HAP Center for Health Policy Research reveals that Pennsylvania hospitals—both directly and through the ripple effects of their economic activity—benefitted their communities and the commonwealth by:
Hospitals’ $9 billion community benefit includes investments in areas such as enhancing community health, providing charity care to patients in need, training and educating the next generation of health care professionals, conducting lifesaving medical research, and absorbing costs associated with caring for millions of Pennsylvanians covered by Medicare and Medicaid.
“Hospitals are fundamental to the health and stability of Pennsylvania communities,” said HAP President and CEO Nicole Stallings. “Even as they confront a historic health care workforce emergency, hospitals remain top employers in their communities. To preserve access to high-quality care, good-paying jobs, and economic opportunity, we must make a long-term commitment to support and grow patient care teams and ensure hospitals can sustainably serve their communities.”
Additional key findings of the analysis include:
The report, an infographic summary, and an interactive web page are available online.
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Chris Daley, Vice President, Strategic Communications
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