Hospital consolidation in California linked to higher health prices

September 5, 2018

Growing consolidation among hospitals and doctors’ practices in California is linked to higher health insurance premiums and higher prices for specialty and primary care, according to a study by UC Berkeley researchers published Tuesday.

“There’s a potential branding effect,” said the study’s lead author, UC Berkeley health economist Richard Scheffler. “People are willing to pay more, insurance companies like to have that in their plan, they charge more for it.”

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