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Massachusetts plan may place limits on patients' hospital options

Boston Globe, October 12, 2009

Massachusetts' plan to shake up how providers are paid could have a hidden price for patients: Controlling the state's soaring medical costs, many healthcare leaders believe, may require residents to give up their freedom to go to any hospital and specialist they want. A growing number of hospital officials and physician leaders warn that the new payment system proposed by a state commission would not work without restrictions on where patients receive care.