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Is bigger really better?

How a merger like CVS-Aetna can benefit consumers

CVS and Aetna – two of our partners – recently announced plans to merge. Many are speculating about how this will affect consumers and the health care industry as a whole.

We are very supportive of mergers when they benefit patients and preserve communities’ access to health care. CVS and Aetna leaders say this merger will do that by making basic health services more convenient and lowering health care costs. We believe these are worthy goals.

Health care mergers have become increasingly common these days as organizations look for ways to remain successful in an increasingly complex environment. Partnering in this way can bring tremendous benefits, including shared knowledge, reduced expenses and increased efficiency.

It’s natural to assume that mergers don’t benefit consumers because they decrease the number of companies in an industry. However, they can also make stronger organizations. Imagine where Baptist would be, or—more importantly – where our communities would be, if we hadn’t partnered with hospitals and physicians throughout the Mid-South. These partnerships allow us to deliver care in some of our country’s most under-served areas. We prove that large organizations can benefit communities and the patients who need us the most.

As we learn more about the CVS-Aetna merger, we will share it with you. In the meantime, if you have any comments or questions for me, email me, tweet me @jason_m_little or find me on LinkedIn.

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