The Perils of Hospital Consolidation > Publications > National Affairs

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has sponsored two such reviews of the literature on hospital consolidation — one in 2006 and more recently in 2012.

The overall results from 2006 — that horizontal consolidation leads to worse outcomes and higher prices — were mostly unchanged in 2012. The 2012 review concluded that, across a variety of geographic markets and different data sources, hospital consolidation results in higher prices. In particular, when hospitals merge in already heavily consolidated areas, price increases can surpass 20%.

Source: The Perils of Hospital Consolidation > Publications > National Affairs

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