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Our say: Do we need a system to ration heart surgery?

Our say: Do we need a system to ration heart surgery?

Is this any way to run a state health care system? That question must have occurred to those reading our coverage about Anne Arundel Medical Center and University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center — our two excellent county hospitals — striving to get permission to start cardiac surgery programs. Programs at both would meet a local need. Area heart patients who need procedures that go beyond angioplasty and stents are now obliged to trek outside the county, often to Baltimore or Washington, D.C., which usually creates logistical problems and involves hours of extra driving or expenses for hotel rooms and the like. Both hospitals have lined up the facilities...

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