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Hospital Consolidation

Health care systems continue to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on things like expansions, joint ventures or clinical affiliations. Unfortunately, much of this growth is funded on the  backs of Texas businesses – the businesses that pay for health care.

Listen to the message above from Dr. McCoy to learn more about hospital consolidation. For more information, check out our Blue Promise series about why providers enter these types of relationships and how we can help them stay independent.

View or listen to Blue Promise: Hospital Consolidation here:

You can also check out these relevant articles from Making the Health Care System Work:

Show Transcript

Health care systems continue to spend hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars on things like expansions, joint ventures or clinical affiliations. Unfortunately, much of this growth is funded on the backs of Texas businesses – the businesses that pay for health care.

A new study shows that you pay six percent more if you visit a doctor associated with a big hospital. If your care is complicated, that could mean tens of thousands of dollars. And studies show that consolidation does not necessarily improve quality.

So, sorry Texas, but bigger isn’t always better.

In fact, consolidation threatens healthy competition. It reduces patient choice and increases medical expenses. The next time you hear of a merger or acquisition – or drive by construction of a new health care facility – remember that the funding of their growth is coming out of your bottom line.

I’m Dr. Dan McCoy, President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. For more information, look for Blue Promise podcasts or videos from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.

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