Michigan’s nonprofit hospitals spent a record-setting $2.6 billion in community benefits in 2007, according to an annual report out this week from the Michigan Health & Hospital Association.

The hospitals surveyed by the group say they spent $2.6 billion in unreimbursed care during fiscal 2007, up from $1.7 billion in 2006 and $1.4 billion in 2004. The information includes 132 of the state’s 146 nonprofit hospitals.

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