Issue: Economic Impact

Iowa Hospitals Generate 140,000 Jobs, $7.7 Billion

Iowa’s community hospitals generate more than 140,000 jobs that add nearly $7.8 billion to the state’s economy, according to IHA’s latest Iowa hospital economic impact report. In addition, Iowa hospital employees by themselves spend more than $2 billion on retail sales and contribute nearly $124 million in state sales tax revenue.The IHA report examined the jobs, income, retail sales and sales tax produced by hospitals and the rest of the state’s health care sector.

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Iowa Hospitals Create $6.8 Billion Impact

“With nearly 325,000 jobs, health care is one of Iowa’s largest employers, and hospitals remain, by far, the biggest contributor to that number,” said IHA President and CEO Kirk Norris. “In Iowa cities and counties, hospitals are uniformly among the largest employers. As our political leaders in Washington, DC and Des Moines consider legislation and regulations that impact hospitals and health care, they need to keep these facts in mind. As providers of high-quality, low-cost health care, good jobs and economic stability, there is no replacement for community hospitals.”

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