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Everywhere, hospitals are merging — but why should you care?

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April 01, 2015
  • By: Gregory Curfman, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Former Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Health Publishing

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Comments

Mr. Mrs John buda
April 09, 2015

Thank you for your hospital merger article; however, the notion of
“Efficiency” AND “QUAlITY” medical care as translated by the teaching
Hospitals via the insurance companies is an oxymoron; the actual patient
experience is an automated manufacturing line where the Drs. Give their patients 15 min of their time; the junior uncertified technicians who are
Uncertified not even by state agencies are graded by how many patients
they see per hour; and the novice fellows experiment with note taking
On patient interviews. The disintermediation or separation of the Dr.
From the patient is not worth a nickel let alone the 25 plus K cost of
What is termed “healthcare”. This is expensive socialized medicine, a fraud.

Ida Louise Grace
April 03, 2015

I would have liked a more in-depth article on hospital mergers–e.g.,
Hospitals planning on merging, anticipated increase in costs to
consumers. The retired person on a fixed income cannot handle
many more increases in health costs and costs of living. Federal
and state taxes are a heavy burden on us.

Thank you for the article. I enjoyed it very much.

Louise Grace

John F
April 02, 2015

Excluded from the discussion was the conversion of the smaller hospitals from not-for-profit status to becoming part of a for-profit network. Focus on profits has prioritized maximizing charges, increasing the volume of services (whether required or not), and squeezing out competitor hospitals. Would have liked to see what the author researched as far as that impact has been.

Bill Reger-Nash
April 02, 2015

Hospital mergers seem to be another example of avaricious greed. When are hospitals going to attempt to focus on high quality affordable care instead of maximizing profits at every turn? Hospital mergers in principal can provide a greater spectrum of services lesexpensively, when in fact they never do.

Michael
April 09, 2015

I agree w/ Mr Reger-Nash. Further, it looks to me like the insurance companies are the real customer of this medical industry, and I as a patient am simply a commodity. I also agree w/ Mr. Mrs John buda, in that …” the actual patient experience is an automated manufacturing line where the Drs. Give their patients 15 min of their time; the junior uncertified technicians who are Uncertified not even by state agencies are graded by how many patients they see per hour”…
Yep. Mass production. I doubt the doctors are happy w/ this system. But I’m sure it works for CEOs, big insurance and big pharma.

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