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Birmingham hospitals going to the suburbs, but process can be long, complicated

Birmingham News, July 25, 2008

Numerous Birmingham, AL-area hospitals are starting to branch out from the urban core and locate in surrounding suburbs, but competition among them guarantees that all such moves will be long and drawn out through the state regulatory process. The regulatory process is intended to keep healthcare costs in check by preventing unnecessary duplication of services, but its critics believe it does the opposite by stifling competition.