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Provider Consolidation Leads to Less Competition and Higher Costs
America's Health Insurance Plans [AHIP] Link to more items from this source
Jan. 23, 2014
"Research demonstrates that when hospitals consolidate, either merging with other hospitals or buying up physician practices, health care costs go up. Provider consolidation gives hospitals greater negotiating strength and limits competition, resulting in higher prices for services, higher costs for patients, and no improvement in the quality of care delivered."

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