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Healthcare bill may curtail doctor-owned hospitals in Texas

Dallas Morning News, January 20, 2010

Healthcare legislation that soon may be passed by Congress would halt the growth of physician-owned hospitals and prevent any more from opening after Aug. 1. Dallas-based Reliant Healthcare Partners says as many as six of its planned 13 such hospitals might not go forward without physician investment, the Dallas Morning News reports. Critics of the facilities say the practice of physicians referring patients to their own hospitals is a conflict of interest that results in unnecessary, more expensive care.