Kaiser Health News: Should Big Insurance Become Like Walmart To Lower Health Costs?
Kaiser Health News staff writer Jay Hancock reports: "Retail titan Walmart uses its market dominance to inflict “ruthless,” “brutal” and “relentless” pressure on prices charged by suppliers, business writers frequently report. What if huge health insurance companies could push down prices charged by hospitals and doctors in the same way? The idea is getting new attention as already painful health costs accelerate and major medical insurers seek to merge into three enormous firms." (Hancock, 8/11)