Office-based physicians accounted for 170,000 jobs and pumped $44.7 billion into Pennsylvania’s economy in 2009, a national study found.
The Chicago-based American Medical Association commissioned the study, while SNR Denton, an international legal firm, and The Lewin Group Inc., a Falls Church, Va.-based health and human services consulting company, performed it. The firms generated state-by-state reports and compiled national data.
Broken down by Central Pennsylvania metropolitan statistical areas, office-based physicians accounted for the following economic impact and number of jobs:
- Harrisburg-Carlisle: $1.8 billion, 8,216.
- Lancaster: $956 million, 4,772.
- Lebanon: $208 million, 1,085.
- York-Hanover: $873 million, 4,332.
“This new (American Medical Association) study provides yet another example of the benefits to communities of robust physician practices, specifically jobs and business opportunities for others,” said Dr. Ralph Schmeltz, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, in a statement.
Nationally, office-based physicians generated $1.4 trillion in economic impact and accounted for 4 million jobs, according to the report.