Tag: hospital mergers

Hospital mergers may be bad for our health and our wallet according to the NY Times.

Hospital mergers may be bad for our health and our wallet according to the NY Times. The trend toward hospital mergers has been accelerating nationally.  In NJ, the Horizon Omnia network accelerated mergers by placing small hospitals in tier 2, making them more expensive and hurting them financially.  Other predatory practices by insurers nationally have resulted in mega networks that have resulted in higher healthcare costs. There may be another side effect of large population health based chains that may adversely affect your health according to the NY Times. Hospital chains have been claiming for years that larger chains will Read More »

Those hospital mergers are costing us big bucks according to the NY Times.

Those hospital mergers are costing us big bucks according to the NY Times. You may have noticed that the big hospital systems have been getting bigger.  One major reason is the predatory nature of insurance companies who try to isolate and then negotiate prices with hospitals that have little negotiating clout.  Horizons Omnia plan that created tiers and made people who visited tier 2 hospitals and providers pay more, while warping the marketplace. Hospitals that merge create an economic block that owns a large part of their geographic area.  Insurance companies must now negotiate with them and the result is Read More »