GREAT FALLS - A report commissioned by the attorney general's office concludes Montana's 11 largest nonprofit hospitals are making up for their tax-exempt status through community benefit.
The 11 hospitals have a total tax exemption of almost $60 million. In 2007, the year from which data was used for the study, the hospitals provided almost $120 million in community benefits, such as free or discounted health services, Medicaid losses, health education programs, research and contributions. Northern Montana Hospital in Havre gave 614 percent of its tax exemption, giving it the highest ratio of community benefit to tax exemption. On the low end, Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City gave 101 percent.
The report was written by Lawrence White, research assistant professor at the University of Montana School of Public and Community Health Sciences.