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More doctors leave practices for hospital

Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, October 22, 2012

Hospitals benefit from the recent trend because they can treat more patients and make more money. Doctors who work for hospitals can refer patients to these hospitals for tests and procedures. Hiring doctors also helps hospitals compete with outside health-care systems. Doctors can provide the medical care that patients need to stay in their communities. But critics warn the trend may raise patient costs and fees. They say it creates monopolies and could hurt the bond between doctors and patients.The trend shows no signs of slowing down. In just two years it is predicted that hospitals will account for more than 75 percent of all new doctor hires in America, Merritt Hawkins reports.