Medicine: How to Beat Hospital Costs

Many patients are turning to independent surgical clinics

At 9:30 in the morning Ann Logan, 29, breezed through the doors of the Ar cadia Outpatient Surgery Inc. in Arcadia, Calif. Within an hour, she would undergo surgery to remove a lump of scar tissue from her breast. Logan snapped a plastic name band on her wrist, took her seat on a soft, brown leather sofa and began thumbing through a magazine. Hers was not going to be a long stay: a quick (55 minute) visit to the lemon-yellow operating suite, a brief rest in an...

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