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Pros, Cons to Hospital-Owned Doc Groups

Central Florida doctors are split about the value of joining hospital-owned physician groups, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Those who have joined groups, such as those owned by Florida Hospital, say merging reduces costs and helps them focus more on patient care. Opponents say they don’t have to steer patients to a certain hospital, providing patients more choice, the Sentinel reports.

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