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The longest running battle in medical care is heating up again. I refer, of course, to the struggle between insurers and physicians, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies. Recently, Aetna and Humana announced their intention to merge, as did Anthem and Cigna. If these mergers go through, the “big 5” health insurers will be down to the “big 3.”
Physicians and hospitals were not happy with the news. “Given the troubling trends in the health insurance market, the AMA believes federal and state regulators must take a hard look at proposed health insurer mergers,” said Steven J. Stack, MD, the group’s president, in a statement (http://bit.ly/1JFDPmi). Melinda Reid Hatton, senior vice president and general counsel at the American Hospital Association (AHA), said that these transactions “merit the closest scrutiny” (http://bit.ly/1JAFM7N).
Cutler DM. Insurers Again at Odds With Hospitals and Physicians. JAMA. 2015;314(13):1329–1330. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.11886
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