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ABC News: As a Midwestern state’s hospitals continue to merge, some experts worry about higher prices, quality of care

By Darrel Rowland

March 22, 2022

The Health Care Cost Institute, which conducted parallel studies in 2013 and 2017, found that “metros where hospital markets became increasingly concentrated also tended to see larger increases in their inpatient prices (and vice-versa).” However, researchers also cautioned: “our analysis does not necessarily show that increases in concentration caused increases in prices.”Research shows that 70% to 90% of U.S. hospital markets already are “highly concentrated” under standards set by the Federal Trade Commission.

And while consolidation and multibillion-dollar hospital expansions have taken place in Ohio, the overall health of the state’s population ranked 43rd in the country on the 2021 “health value dashboard” from the Columbus-based Health Policy Institute of Ohio.

That ranking means “Ohioans are living less healthy lives and spending more on health care than the residents of most other states,” the nonprofit’s study concluded.