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Crowdfunding concept. Almost any organization of any size can reduce at least part of its health care spend through coalition membership. The more members one brings to the party, the greater the potential savings. (Photo: Shutterstock)

We all know there is strength in numbers, but when it comes to purchasing health services, how do numbers translate into buying power? More specifically, health care buying power? Can any organization become part of a purchasing consortium, or are effective health coalitions limited to major employers that can bring thousands of plan members as a bargaining chip to the benefits table?

Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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