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Critics were concerned that the merger would increase the clout of the providers in an already concentrated market and lead to higher health care costs.
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A long-awaited decision by regulators appears to be imminent on the proposed merger between Cottage Health and Sansum Clinic, which has the largest physician practice in the area with 23 outpatient sites spanning Santa Maria to Santa Barbara.

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