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Terry Ziegelmann, Published August 20 2010

Look for higher health care costs

For the record, both Sanford Health and Orthopaedic Associates are excellent health care providers.

The unfortunate result of combining two great organizations like these will inevitably be higher health care costs for the O.A. patients. Patients will not see the economies of scale you would expect when you reduce overhead and inefficiencies because there will be higher fees for office visits and procedures.

Fargoans have already experienced this firsthand when many of our independent physicians joined the Heartland Health organization.