Independent doctors unite to fight national trend toward hospitals buying physician groups

03 Apr 2013 2:44 PM | Jennifer Thompson (Administrator)

Since January, at least 114 local doctors have traded their independence for steady paychecks from hospitals. The move, part of a nationwide trend, has wide implications not only for doctors but also for patients' pocketbooks.

Often, patients don't realize their physician has become a hospital employee until they get their bill. These often will be higher because hospitals can negotiate higher reimbursement rates with insurers, according to comparisons on insurance Web sites.

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