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Many Californians could avoid hospitals, study finds
Modesto Bee

A new study estimates that $3.5 billion is spent every year to hospitalize patients in California for diseases that can be managed with better outpatient care. According to the report released last week, Stanislaus County was above the state average for “preventable hospitalization” of people with bacterial pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, long-term complications of diabetes, and leg or foot amputations because of diabetes.

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