And the proof is in the pudding. Yes, virtually all Port Townsend physicians work for the hospital. Are costs higher here? You bet. Lots. Now a study by UC Berkeley shows it’s more than just us.
If a local hospital recently bought your physician’s practice, chances are the costs of your treatment will go up.
The intent behind hospital/physician consolidation was to achieve better coordination and care for patients. However, some experts think consolidation reduces competition, resulting in higher prices.