Overview: Private Equity’s Role in Health Care

Concerns over how private equity is affecting health care access, quality, and costs in the United States have exploded in the past few years, reflecting the growing activity of private investors in health care markets. Private equity investors spent more than $200 billion on health care acquisitions in 2021 alone, and $1 trillion in the past decade. Private equity firms have long been active in hospital, nursing home, and home care settings. But recently, acquisitions of physician practices have skyrocketed, especially in high-margin specialties like dermatology, urology, gastroenterology, and cardiology. A recent study showed that in 13 percent of metropolitan areas, a single private equity firm owns more than half of the physician market for certain specialties.

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Source: https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/explainer/2023/nov/private-equity-role-health-care

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