LEWISTON — An analysis shows that most small Maine hospitals’ chief executives earn $230,000 to $330,000, and some got perks such as car allowances.

The analysis by the Sun Journal of Lewiston also shows that one small hospital spent $80,000 on lobbying, nearly twice as much as the large Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.

Many of Maine’s hospitals are small, rural and classified as critical-access, which earns them more taxpayer money in the form of higher Medicare reimbursements than other hospitals. Maine has nine such hospitals licensed for 25 acute-care beds only.

The newspaper analysis looked at the most recent tax forms for Maine’s very small, critical-access hospitals.

It comes as hospital executives’ pay comes under scrutiny in the State House. One bill to cap executives’ salaries died in committee.

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