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Hospital Turf Wars

Competing hospital systems in many parts of the country have been aggressively building their way into new communities outside their traditional service areas, according to a new report published Monday. For the most part, the expansions follow patients hospitals want the most – people with good health insurance. “The trend generally is to expand out, to suburbs and sometimes even more distant communities, to reach the well-insured beyond the health system’s traditional markets,’’ said Emily Carrier, a senior researcher at the Center for Health System Change, a non-partisan health research center in Washington.