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Health care experts see more choice, competition for Sonoma County patients
Santa Rosa Press Democrat

It was not that long ago that health care in Sonoma County was a troubled landscape.

In the aftermath of the 2001 collapse of Health Plan of the Redwoods, the county’s largest HMO, many local hospitals and doctors battled each other for insured patients who had not yet been swallowed by fast-growing Kaiser Permanente.

Shrinking government reimbursements were forcing doctors to abandon their private practices and sign up for an employee’s paycheck from Kaiser or Sutter Health.