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UCSF, Stanford Hospitals to Merge

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Science  17 May 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5264, pp. 944
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5264.944


Officials at the teaching hospitals of the University of California, San Francisco, and Stanford University are planning a merger, which could be finalized this year. The two large hospitals will unite their medical services while keeping their teaching functions separate. The merger is part of a growing trend, as the demand for greater efficiency in medical care spurs teaching hospitals to streamline, downsize, and forge alliances with old competitors in order to cut costs. Research may get caught in the squeeze, because hospital charges and faculty fees for medical services have traditionally contributed to research funding.