The claim was that larger organizations would be able to harness economies of scale and offer better care

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The nation’s hospitals have been merging at a rapid pace for a decade, forming powerful organizations that influence nearly every health care decision consumers make. The hospitals have argued that consolidation benefits consumers with cheaper prices from coordinated services and other savings

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This week, pharmaceutical giant CVS announced it was preparing to buy the insurance company Aetna for $69 billion. The merger could have a profound impact on the way Americans receive healthcare — and it also raises a number of privacy concerns, said medical ethicist Arthur Caplan

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