Studies suggest health care tends to degrade as consolidation of hospitals and physicians increases, according to an article by Austin Frakt, director of the Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center at the V.A. Boston Healthcare System, published on the New York Times.
Frakt points to a recent planned merger between two Texas health systems, Baylor Scott & White and Memorial Hermann Health System. While the plan was scrapped, Baylor Scott & White CEO Jim Hinton told the Wall Street Journal “the end, the more important end, is to improve care.”
However, Carnegie Mellon University economist Martin Gaynor, according to the article, has previously said “evidence from three decades of hospital mergers does not support the claim that consolidation improves quality.”
To read the full article on the Times, click here.