Massachusetts hospitals have contributed more than $622 million in community benefits for Massachusetts residents, according to a new report released Thursday by state Attorney General Martha Coakley's office.
As part of their charitable mission, non-profit hospitals in Massachusetts offer community programs on free or discounted care.
During the 2011 fiscal year, 50 non-profit hospitals and health care systems reported delivering $559 million in community benefits, of which $58 million went to free or discounted care directly to patients.
Another 12 for-profit hospitals reported nearly spending $63 million on community benefit programs, nearly $16 million of which was spent directly on patients.
Other hospital funded programs included violence intervention, legal services for patients, neighborhood cleanup efforts and programs to reduce infant mortality.
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