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Provider Consolidation - Higher Prices, Not Higher Quality

March 02, 2021

Provider consolidation continues unabated and, as a result, prices for health care just keep rising. Research shows that consolidation is leading to significantly higher prices for private insurance, but not an improvement in quality for patients. Prices rise when hospital mergers or acquisitions take place between hospitals within the same market, in the same state, or even between states with prices continuing to increase for 2 or more years after the merger or acquisition takes place.

Combining physician practices has led to 14%-30% higher prices in the markets with the highest practice concentrations versus those with the lowest. Finally, based on a national research study, physician-hospital integration has resulted in private insurers paying 14% more for the
same services.

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