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In a sign of the growing recognition of the importance of taking a wider view of the imperatives of community health, the Maryland Hospital Association says that the state’s hospitals last year provided nearly $1.6 billion in services other than the sort of direct medical care of the type traditionally only offered in hospitals or clinics. That was up from the $1.5 billion they spent on these services in 2015.
The group said its members spent 10 percent of their operating expenses on such non-traditional services as chronic-disease-management programs, free health education and other public-health programs.
The spending also included providing charitable health care for the poor. Still, spending on charitable care fell by about $56 million this year to $428 million, which the association linked to more people having insurance because of the Affordable Care Act. This, the group said, let the hospitals spend more money on other community benefits.
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