Insights / Research BriefMay 13, 2024

Is There Too Little Antitrust Enforcement in the US Hospital Sector?

Zarek Brot-Goldberg, Zack Cooper, Stuart V. Craig, Lev Klarnet
Twenty percent of US hospital mergers that occurred between 2002 and 2020 could have been predicted to lessen competition using the Federal Trade Commission’s standard screening tools. From 2010-2015, predictably anticompetitive mergers increased prices by over 5%.
Based on BFI Working Paper No. 2024-59, “Is There Too Little Antitrust Enforcement in the US Hospital Sector?”