CHICAGO — Illinois hospitals pump more than $75.1 billion into the state’s economy annually and provide about $4.9 billion in community benefits, including $500 million in charity care, a new report from the Illinois Hospitals Association asserts.

The association’s report seeks to underscore the importance of the health care sector’s contributions to the local economy at a time when Medicaid and other health care-related spending cuts are under consideration at both the state and federal levels as a means to trim budget deficits.

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