The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) says that number includes the support of nearly 600,000 jobs -about one in 10 jobs in the state.
HAP says hospitals employ about 272,000 people directly, and create 320,000 spinoff jobs.
The organization says hospitals also contribute nearly $6 billion in charitable benefits including more than $1 billion in unpaid patient bills and nearly $2.3 billion to subsidize care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.
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