In the final days of the 18-month effort to pass health care cost containment legislation, state lawmakers have been making an intense 11th-hour attempt to address the market power of big, influential hospitals and hospital networks. Yet the House and Senate haven’t found common ground there — and their inability to do so shows just how complex the issue is.
Hospitals like Mass. General and Brigham and Women’s are landmark institutions vital to the Massachusetts economy. Yet these same institutions have led the upward march of health care prices. Every hospital must be part of the effort to rein in health care costs, and every hospital should be responsive to market pressures.