The below is an article published online by USA Today, regarding the trend found in the South Carolina area.

Another reason hospitals are employing more doctors is to get their referrals, said Lynn Bailey, a health care consultant in Columbia, S.C. Having the physicians as well as home-health agencies, transportation, rehabilitation, medical equipment and other services makes hospitals the dominant provider in an area.

“Generally speaking, we have not found in U.S. economic history that to be a beneficial relationship for the consumer,” she said. “You end up with above-competitive-market pricing.”

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