U.S. health insurance market concentration continues to increase

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

U.S. health insurance market concentration continues to increase

Most health insurance markets in the United States are highly concentrated, meaning that millions of Americans have limited health insurer options,” Michael Popke wrote on Benefits Pro. “That’s the key takeaway from a new American Medical Association (AMA) report released this week. The 2021 version of the organization’s “Competition in Health Insurance: A Comprehensive Study […]

A costly side effect of hospital mergers: Higher prices

Filed Under: Costs, Providers

Summary: Mergers and acquisitions have swept the health care landscape. The effects? Higher prices. Greg David writes in Crain’s New York Business, comparing price increases in the New York area (15.3 percent in the last five years) with nationwide increases (12 percent). Click here to read more from the post.    

Hospitals, doctors and insurers feeling the market’s force

One big hospital, St. Luke’s, has come to dominate the health-care marketplace in Boise, Idaho, according to an article in The New York Times by Julie Creswell and Reed Abelson, and other cities and regions are experiencing similar consolidations. “A little over half of the 1,400 doctors in southwestern Idaho are employed by St. Luke’s […]