Vertically challenged

Pallavi Guniganti

20 May 2017

Vertically challenged

An artist's rendering of the proposed St Luke’s Health System and Saltzer Medical Group complex -- before their merger was blocked, Saltzer Medical

The hurdles to horizontal consolidation in US healthcare – hospitals buying hospitals, insurers buying insurers – have become clear over the course of several antitrust agency enforcement actions in the past decade. The possibilities for vertical healthcare mergers, however, appear less bounded. Pallavi Guniganti reports