In recent years, there has been a significant rise in hospital merger-and-acquisition activity. While hospitals claim the mergers benefit patients, recent evidence suggests otherwise. A January 2020 study from Harvard University researchers, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, looked for evidence of quality gains at 250 hospitals across the country acquired in deals between 2009 and 2013. The analysis, however, did not find any convincing evidence.
When you enter into a hospital, it’s unlikely you’re thinking about mergers, acquisitions, or executives making deals with other facilities. Instead, you’re focused on having your ailment or condition treated so you can get your life back in order. When hospital mergers get in the way of patient care, suffering patients may be able to take legal action. Let’s take a look at why hospitals merge and what a merger looks like for patients.