Will the U.S. See Vertical Integration in Health Care?

The recent court ruling allowing the merger of AT&T and Time Warner will likely encourage similar unions throughout the U.S. economy, including in health care. But policymakers and private actors should not interpret the court’s decision as an unconditional green light for so-called vertical integration in health care, says Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, M.D., in a To the Point post.


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