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“Part­ners (Health­Care Sys­tem) might claim they are more ef­fi­cient. But does (a merger) add more ser­vices or boost up the price? One of the big is­sues is, when Part­ners gets hold of an en­tity, it also ex­tracts big­ger prices.’’

—Health­care econ­o­mist Stu­art Alt­man in a Bos­ton Globe story on the Bos­ton-based sys­tem re­ceiv­ing nearly one-third of all the money Mas­sachusetts in­sur­ers spent on acute hos­pi­tal care last year

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