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SURGICAL CARE SEEKS MERGER TALKS WITH MEDICAL CARE AMERICA

 NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc. (SCA) (NYSE: SCA) responded a to letter received today from Medical Care America's (NYSE: MRX) financial advisor indicating that Medical Care would discuss a "materially improved" merger proposal if one were to be made by SCA.
 In a letter sent today to Medical Care, Joel C. Gordon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SCA, advised Medical Care, "Although we are eager to meet with you and your advisors, we are not prepared as a next step to unilaterally raise our proposed purchase price."
 Mr. Gordon stated in the letter, "Our current proposal is very attractive one, particularly in light of your disappointing third quarter write-offs and lower earnings announced subsequent to our proposal. We believe our current proposal would provide significant immediate added value and long-term benefits for your shareholders. Moreover, in our October 14, 1993 letter to you, we expressly stated we would consider any information from Medical Care that would justify a higher price. We cannot address the issue of price further unless we have an opportunity to meet with you and begin due diligence."
 The letter to SCA from Medical Care's financial advisor came in response to an earlier request by Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc., SCA's financial advisor, for a meeting to discuss SCA's merger proposal.
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 /CONTACT: Tarpley B. Jones, Chief Financial Officer of Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc. 615-385-3541; or Tim Metz, Managing Director of Abernathy MacGregor Scanlon, 212-371-5999/
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CO: Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc.; Medical Care America ST: Tennessee IN: HEA SU: TNM

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