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Patients much likelier to choose hospital that employs their doctor
Modern Healthcare

When patients have to go to the hospital, they’re likely to choose a facility where their doctor is employed, a new study suggests.

The study surveyed Medicare patients who are treated by hospital-employed doctors. Hospital ownership of doctors’ medical groups “dramatically increases” the probability that those patients will go to the hospitals that employ their doctors, report Stanford University’s Lawrence Baker, Daniel Kessler and Kate Bundorf in a working paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research, a not-for-profit research organization.