Relive the excitement of the Patriots’ path to their fourth Super Bowl Championship with “Pumped”, a special commemorative book from The Boston Globe. Order now.

Bruins Live

0

3

2nd Prd 10:40

Letter

Letter: The other side of hospital mergers

I read your story “More independent hospitals joining Lahey group” (Globe North, Aug. 11) with interest.

Another side of the hospital merger story is probably worth mentioning: Some hospitals merge to gain power to charge higher prices. In some mergers, boosting revenue may be a much more important aim than cutting cost. We’ve seen Partners claim for two decades that they merged to save money, but they have never provided any supporting evidence.

Continue reading below

Despite the PR, mergers don’t add choices, they subtract choices. Competition between two large hospital systems is not free-market competition, which requires lots of small buyers and sellers.

Also, when you get down to two, you don’t have to travel very far to end up with only one, which will lead quickly to regulation.

Alan Sager

Director,
Health Reform Program

Boston University
School of Public Health

Loading comments...

Wake up with today's top stories.

Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
or
Please enter a valid email
BostonGlobe.com will never post anything without asking. Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com