INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Health nonprofits weather the storm

2013-09-17T12:36:00Z 2013-09-17T16:14:05Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Health nonprofits weather the stormGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
September 17, 2013 12:36 pm  • 

Despite two recessions, jobs and salaries in Indiana's nonprofit health care industry grew between 1995 and 2011. A new Indiana University report suggests health care was a "dominant force" in the nonprofit sector during that time, employing more than 137,000 in 2011. IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs professor Kirsten Grønbjerg believes it's too early to tell how the Affordable Care Act will impact the sector, but she "sees no reason" the industry's growth won't continue. She outlines why nonprofit health care providers has been relatively "recession-proof."

 

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