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Cross-industry partnerships, increasing consumerism to drive more healthcare M&A in 2019

January 25, 2019 / Tina Reed

Last year was a record-breaking year when it came to healthcare deals and the trend isn't expected to slow down in 2019, according to the PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute’s latest US Health Services Deals Insights report. Overall deal volume was up 14.4% from 2017 to the end of 2018, and the fourth quarter of 2018 marked the sixth consecutive quarter with more than 250 deals in the health services sector. PwC experts pointed to regulatory uncertainty, high costs, cross-industry models and more focus on patients as consumers as drivers of the trend. "Although 2019 has started with some economic and regulatory uncertainty, a number of signs suggest that interest in deals will continue this year," U.S. Health Services Deals Leader Thad Kresho said in the report. "Corporate and private equity buyers both have access to significant levels of capital, and with double-digit volume growth in some sectors, it's clear that deals are seen as an importa...