Economics Working Papers

Publication Date

2-4-2019

Number

19003

Abstract

The importance of medical and health facilities as community service providers is well

established, yet their role in generating significant economic impacts for the community is less often acknowledged. Health care facilities, such as hospitals and nursing homes, not only employ many people with a sizeable payroll, but also draw a large number of people from rural areas into the community for medical services. In this study, we attempt to identify and measure the economic importance of the health sector for the economy of Appanoose County, Iowa. The specific objectives of this report are to:

1. summarize the direct economic activities of the health sector;

2. review concepts of community economics and multipliers related to healthcare; and

3. estimate the secondary impacts of the health sector on Appanoose County’s economy.

Version History

Original Release Date: February 4, 2019

Departments

Department of Economics, Iowa State University

File Format

application/pdf

Length

16 pages

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