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Other studies on the effects of mergers have been more focused on the cost aspects of such deals and have found resulting higher prices, while not focusing on such issues as quality of care. (Photo: Shutterstock)

They may have argued that mergers would improve such factors for patients as readmissions, mortality or experience, but hospitals that have been part of a merger arrangement have not found that to be the case.

Marlene Satter

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

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