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What will be the impact of healthcare consolidation on primary care?

April 11, 2018 / DAVID HARLOW

Once the federales blocked the health insurance company mega-mergers, it was only a matter of time before alternative approaches to rearranging the three-dimensional chessboard of the healthcare-industrial complex would emerge. The approach du jour is the vertical merger. Horizontal combinations trigger the familiar antitrust reviews of market share and the orthodoxy of antitrust enforcement dictates that two insurers, selling the same product or service into the same market or markets, cannot merge if they will reduce competition as a result.