Proposed consolidation among health insurers could be hazardous to the nation's health
By Dr. Robert B. Goldberg and Roy Grant
Consolidation—the acquisition of one competing business entity by another—is an ongoing issue in the health insurance and hospital markets. After consolidation, it's common that fewer choices and provider networks are available.
There is concern about the health impact of consolidation; however, there has been far more study of hospital mergers than insurance consolidation. Studies have shown that all too frequently after hospital deals, prices are higher, quality of care deteriorates and savings are not passed along to consumers.