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Health care industry has big economic impact

The health care industry doesn’t get enough credit for its economic impact. A study released last month by the Medical Society of Sedgwick County showed that health care and related industries contribute nearly $7 billion in revenues to the local economy. Based on 2012 data, nearly 75,000 people – or more than 1 in 6 local employees – work in health care in Sedgwick, Butler, Harvey and Sumner counties. That’s second only to manufacturing. What’s more, the local health care industry had a $240 million impact on city, county and state tax revenue in 2012, according to the study. But instead of helping this industry, Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature are hurting it by not allowing a federal expansion of Medicaid. – Phillip Brownlee