Economic Impact

Kansas hospitals make valuable contributions to the communities they serve. The Office of Local Government and K-State Research and Extension produce an annual study on this impact. In addition, Kansas Rural Health Works has created reports for each Kansas county.The following resources are available:

Economic Impact of Hospitals and the Health Care System to the Kansas Economy

Economic impact arises directly from the sales, wages and employment generated by business activity. It also arises indirectly through the effect of businesses purchasing goods and services from other local businesses and through health care workers spending wages and other income for household goods and services. These linkages tend to distribute the impact of an activity or event very broadly throughout the economy. The estimates presented represent the annual impact to the state's economy renewed each year by the continuing activity in the sector.

Estimated Total Economic Contribution of the Health Care System to the Kansas Economy, 2017 (2017$)


Source: Office of Local Government, K-State Research and Extension, January 2019

Although the connections between health care services and local economic development are often overlooked, there are at least three important linkages to be recognized. A strong health care system can: (1) help attract and maintain business and industry growth, (2) attract and retain retirees, and (3) create jobs in the local area. A vigorous and sustainable health care system is essential not only for the health and welfare of community residents, but to enhance economic opportunity as well.

Kansas Employment by Economic Sector | 2017

Health care services employed 238,300 people, or 12 percent of all job holders in the state. This compares to about 10 percent of all job holders in the United States working in health care services. Health care services were the fourth largest aggregate employer in the state.

Kansas Total Income by Economic Sector | 2017

Health care generated $16.6 billion in total income and more than $28.5 billion in total sales. Additionally, health care was the fifth largest producer of total income and total sales in the state. The health sector plays an important direct role in the state's economy.