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Syracuse, New York: Syracuse Faces Rising Health Costs; Hospital Competition Grows

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In June 2005, a team of researchers visited Syracuse, N.Y., to study that community's health system, how it is changing, and the effects of those changes on consumers. The Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC), as part of the Community Tracking Study, interviewed more than 65 leaders in the health care market. Syracuse is one of 12 communities tracked by HSC every two years through site visits. Individual community reports are published for each round of site visits. The first four site visits to Syracuse, in 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2003, provide trend information against which changes are tracked. The Syracuse market encompasses Onondaga, Oswego and Madison counties.