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STUDY: As California Hospitals Acquire Physician Practices Bills For Patients Increases

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Hospitals have gobbled up nearly 40 percent of physician practices in California, leading to higher bills for patients, a new study shows.

Just a quarter of practices were owned by hospitals eight years ago, according to the study published Tuesday in the journal Health Affairs. That type of rapid industry consolidation was associated with higher prices for primary care visits and treatment from specialists.

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