Less hospital power could mean lower health care prices in Mass.
When negotiating for health care payments, certain hospital networks, prominent among them Partners HealthCare System, enjoy disproportionate clout by virtue of their prestige, power, and customer appeal. Luckily, there is a market-based fix that could go a long way toward restoring equal bargaining power between such networks and insurers: Force all networks to negotiate their fees separately for each hospital. Thus, Partners wouldn’t be able to charge Mass. General prices for South Shore Hospital or any of its other suburban outlets.