Vote “Yes” for Health Care
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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Illinois depends on the hospital community, but the important and vital work of our hospitals and health systems would be threatened by devastating cuts if the General Assembly does not enact a fully funded budget that maintains current tax rates. The Illinois Hospital Association and hospital community urge our state lawmakers to vote “Yes” to enact an FY2015 state budget that maintains current tax rates and avoids harmful cuts.
Every year, our state’s more than 200 hospitals and nearly 50 health systems:
• Perform 1.1 million surgical procedures.
• Admit almost 1.5 million inpatients.
• Treat 86,327 outpatients every day.
• Treat 5.4 million emergency department patients.
Illinois hospitals are the largest employer in many communities, and among the top three employers in 48 of the State’s 102 counties. The total economic impact of Illinois hospitals is $83.4 billion a year.
This week, during National Hospital Week, we celebrate hospitals across Illinois, along with the men and women who, day in and day out, support the health of their communities through compassionate care, constant innovation and unwavering dedication.
Illinois’ hospitals provide care to all who enter their doors, regardless of their ability to pay, thanks to the hard work, dedication and commitment of their nearly 250,000 employees. They are there to care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Vote “Yes” to maintain current tax rates, to avoid harmful cuts and to support hospitals as they care for people in every community throughout Illinois.