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Hospitals work to lure, keep patients

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A hidden medical issue reared its head in October, sending us from primary care doctor to multiple specialists, then to hospital admission and surgery. It occurred to me afterward that at the point of handoff by the general practitioner, our medical path was pretty much set by virtue of the health care network in which the specialists worked. Sure, we could have balked along the way, insisting on treatment at a particular hospital, by a ...


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