The Cost of Industry Consolidation

Healthcare continues to consolidate—and it isn’t helping patients

With several recent billion-dollar deals bringing together payers and providers, the U.S. healthcare market is consolidating—but the rising concentration isn’t improving quality of care or helping lower costs.

Even in markets with high insurer and provider concentration, consumers aren’t benefiting from lower prices even if health groups can negotiate lower prices, according to the Commonwealth Fund, a private U.S. foundation that supports independent research on healthcare issues.


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