Hospitals in Connecticut, US invested $718m in community benefit programmes during 2007, which totalled nearly 10% of hospital revenue, a new report by the Connecticut Hospital Association has found.

Connecticut’s 28 not-for-profit acute care hospitals provided more than $9.7m in community benefit services to individuals and families across the state, the report said.

Total investment included $434.3m to cover the unpaid costs of government-sponsored health programmes, $228.8m towards uncompensated care and another $29m to provide subsidised care to needy residents, the report found.

Other investments included health improvement services ($15.3m), community building projects ($4m), donations to community organisations ($3.4m) and community healthcare research ($3.2m).