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UNHS economic impact on county is significant - Medically Speaking, Volume Three, Number Nine, 3/17/16

For nearly 50 years, U.S. health centers have delivered comprehensive, high-quality preventive and primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay, becoming one of the largest safety net systems in the country.

Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. has been no exception. In 2014, Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. provided care to many of the most underserved members of its community. In addition to providing quality care, UNHS generated positive economic impacts, including jobs, tax revenues and savings to the health care system.

Community health centers provide high quality, cost-effective, patient-centered care to vulnerable populations. Health centers serve 1 in 7 Medicaid beneficiaries, almost 1 in 3 individuals in poverty, and 1 in 5 low-income, uninsured persons. Nationally, two-thirds of health center patients are members of racial or ethnic minorities, which places health centers at the center of the national effort to reduce racial disparities in health care.

As health centers expand, their expenditures and corresponding economic impact also grows. In 2014 alone, Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. contributed about $53.8 million dollars. The tax impacts of Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. are divided into state/local governments and Federal government agencies. Tax revenue is generated through employee compensation, proprietor income, indirect business taxes, households, and corporations based on the modeled impact.

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