Hospital mergers seen as threat to affordable care, most U.S. survey respondents say

Americans are concerned about the potential effects of hospital mergers and acquisitions on their healthcare, according to a survey from LUGPA, a trade association that represents independent U.S. urology group practices.

The August survey of 1,191 adults was conducted by international polling firm YouGov for LUGPA and was weighted to match a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults.

Three findings:

1. More than 60 percent of respondents are concerned about the effect of hospital mergers and acquisitions on their access to affordable care.

2. More than 66 percent of respondents view the increasing hospital purchases of independent practices negatively. According to survey data, the solution they want most is requiring site-neutral payments, where insurers provide equal reimbursement to all medical practices..

3. Thirty-six percent of respondents said they believe federal lawmakers should do more to encourage independent physicians or regulate hospital purchases of independent practices to prevent market monopolization.

Read more about the survey here.

 

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