Mergers in the healthcare sector: why you'll pay more

Los Angeles Times 

That's what hospital and insurance companies say, anyway. But here's what the data say: Hospital and insurance mergers almost always lead to higher costs, lower efficiencies and less innovation. The reason is simple: Mergers reduce competition -- and it's competition that drives down prices and encourages more efficiency and innovation. Some healthcare mergers have been outright disasters for consumers; studies of mergers that took place in the 1990s and early 2000s showed price increases of as much as 40% in communities that lost competition. These findings are important because we are deep into a new era of healthcare consolidation.

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