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Why no city-county merger? Medical costs would rise for starters

Johns Hopkins Hospital is seen from the corner of Jefferson and Broadway in East Baltimore in 1923 - more prosperous times for Baltimore.
Johns Hopkins Hospital is seen from the corner of Jefferson and Broadway in East Baltimore in 1923 - more prosperous times for Baltimore. (Baltimore Sun files)

Nine years ago, I marched 25 miles to protest that Baltimore suburban area had the worst physician payment in America by private medical insurances per what is now known as the U.S. Government Accountability Office. I was aware that the liability in Baltimore was twice that of Baltimore County. No independent physician can afford to practice in the city.

If the city and county are joined, I would have to leave the state (“Merge Baltimore and Balto. Co.? Why not?” March 26).

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Dr. Theodore Houk, Lutherville

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