In a brave move that eschews all sense of impartiality, the American Hospital Association used a SELF-FUNDED report which concluded that hospital mergers are beneficial and don’t lead to higher prices. The report, interestingly enough, was based primarily on survey data ALSO provided by the AHA. Lastly, “hospital leaders consistently indicated in interviews that hospital mergers can result in substantial benefits, and their views are supported by our econometric analyses,”
See, what was anyone worried about? By forming monopolies these massive hospital systems don’t squash competition. No, they save money and it all can be found at the end of the rainbow where leprechauns are waiting to hand it out. If we just let the hospital administrators take control, then we will be all winners!