Healthcare Matters, an online publication that covers the healthcare industry and its supply chain, explores the potential aftermath and political implications of the healthcare industry’s massive consolidation in 2015. The article cites SDR’s Q4 2015 Healthcare M&A Report.
The article reports that more than 100 deals were completed last year and these deals represented a 262% increase in transaction value from 2014. The article likens the consolidation to an industry move to reduce competition. This increased concentration is attributed to the high cost of providing care and the emerging practices of defensive and preventative care.