Likely Healthcare Victors
In my Tuesday article, I briefly looked at a few changes the Massachusetts healthcare law has had on the state's hospitals. In the last six years since "Romneycare," hospitals have had to merge, partner and look for more patients. The Harvard teaching hospitals were the first to take the plunge, and they have branched out all over the state looking for new patients to pump through the system. They've combined purchasing and computer systems, are trying to achieve economies of scale and have engaged in frantic deal making.
Out of a population of about 6.5 million, approximately 98% of Massachusetts's residents have health insurance. About 43,000 have opted out for one reason or another and, of those, approximately 5,000 have avoided paying the fine imposed for not enrolling in a plan (mostly for religious reasons)....581 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.
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