Pennsylvania hospitals contributed $98.9 billion to the state’s economy in 2010, according to a report released today.
Hospitals provided more than 585,000 jobs and are the top employers in 55 of the state’s 67 counties, according to the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania‘s study, “Pennsylvania’s Hospitals Critical to State Economy.”
Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposal to cut hospitals’ Medicaid payments by $333.3 million would lead to job cuts and disruptions in medical service, association President and CEO Carolyn Scanlan said in a statement.
“Hospitals are a ‘must-have,’ not a ‘nice to have,’ for Pennsylvania’s citizens,” she said, referring to a distinction Corbett made in his March 8 budget address.
The association called for sparing Medicaid and other public health care funding from the budget axe.