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Report: Hospitals Don't Deserve Tax-Exempt Status

A new report says the city's teaching hospitals aren't doing enough to justify their tax-exempt status.

The study claims Boston's academic medical centers often don't pay high enough wages, don't provide enough free care, and don't pay enough for municipal services.

Mary Jo Connelly of Community Labor United, the nonprofit group that did the report, says that makes it unfair that the hospitals are exempt from about sixty million dollars in annual city taxes.

"There's an assumption that these institutions are providing a net benefit to the community when in fact that isn't true," Connelly says.

The hospitals say they do contribute enough. Just last week Harvard issued its own report saying it pumps nearly $5 billion yearly into the local economy.

This program aired on January 21, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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