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Neurosurgeon Pens Op-Ed on Why Alabama Hospitals Need Competition

On March 17, AL.com published an op-ed titled “Guest opinion: Alabama hospitals need competition.” In the op-ed, Richard P. Menger, MD, MPA, assistant professor of neurosurgery and political science at the University of South Alabama, discusses why the “game of Hospital Monopoly needs to end.” Dr. Menger argues that reform needs to break up the large hospital system mergers, acquisitions and consolidation. “This is destroying competition, limiting care options for patients, and burning out our physician and nurse workforce,” according to Dr. Menger. The solution requires reform, accountability and competition.

On April 3, Neurosurgery Blog published a cross-post to amplify the message.