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Hospital execs claim that greater control means more coordinated care, while economists argue that health systems’ greater leverage with insurers leads to higher prices. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Health systems have been snapping up physician groups, and the end result is higher prices—not just for specialist care and primary care, which went up 9 percent and 5 percent, respectively, but also for Affordable Care Act premiums, which rose 12 percent—all from 2013 to 2016.

Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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