CHICAGO – Illinois nonprofit hospitals say they provided $4.6 billion in charity care and community benefits in 2010, a number that has risen 26% in five years and is at the center of a debate that could lead to a legislative mandate on uncompensated services hospitals must provide to retain their tax-exempt perks.

Illinois’ 109 nonprofit hospitals contributed the benefits through programs and services, including $561 million in free and discounted care.

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