Maryland’s hospitals receive millions of dollars in tax breaks every year. They’re supposed to spend that money on programs that make our communities healthier. But a new white paper questions whether that’s really happening. The paper, authored by the Maryland/DC Division of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East found that Maryland hospitals’ spending reports “lack accountability and transparency” while “Many hospitals also lack meaningful public engagement in identifying community health needs.” The report argues that accountability and community engagement are important because “For neighborhoods struggling with crumbling schools, substandard housing, poor air quality, and a lack of natural open spaces, hospital community benefits spending offers the opportunity for investments in initiatives that will improve community health.” Click here to download the white paper.
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