Maryland’s hospitals have set a record by providing more than $1.5 billion in community benefits in the past year. Community benefits are programs and services that address identified health needs and make sure people who can’t afford care still receive it.
Community benefits include work that goes beyond traditional care provided in the emergency department, the operating room, or in a hospital bed. According to the Health Services Cost Review Commission’s (HSCRC) Maryland Hospital Community Benefits Report
released Sept. 10, Maryland’s hospitals provided $1.505 billion (11 percent of operating expenses) in community benefits during fiscal year 2013. In fiscal year 2004, the first year HSCRC reported community benefit data, hospitals provided $586.4 million (6.9 percent of operating expenses).