According to Bridge Michigan, physician-hospital consolidation may reduce quality of care, because larger chains often do not understand community needs. When community health systems and hospitals join larger chains, there is a concern that consolidation will mean higher costs and less personal, lower-quality care. According to the article, large corporations do not respond to the community’s needs in the traditional sense because decisions are being made from far away. In addition, consolidation, when it gives one chain too great of a market share, disincentivizes low prices and a competitive healthcare landscape associated with quality outcomes.
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