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March 12, 2018

Is health care consolidation good for you?

  • Insurers are spending billions to start selling prescription drugs and offering treatment, but the focus is on stockholder returns not patient needs.
  • By TOM MURPHY
    AP Health Writer

    In the not-too-distant future, your health insurance, your prescription drugs and some of your treatment may come from the same company.

    Insurers are dropping billions of dollars on acquisitions and expansions in order to get more involved in customer health. They say this push can help cut costs and improve care, in part by keeping the sickest patients healthy and out of expensive hospitals.


     
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