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[Comment] Hospital readmission after surgery: no place like home

The benefits of concentrating surgery within a region into high-volume, so-called centres of excellence are well known, including improved outcomes and reduced costs. However, the potential downsides have received less attention. Concerns have been raised that regionalisation could potentially threaten patient outcomes by compromising continuity of care, especially when the patient travels far from home.1 Although this concern is widely acknowledged, there has not previously been rigorous evidence to support it.

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