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FTC case against merger gives insider look at Chicago health care

FTC case against merger gives insider look at Chicago health care

The Federal Trade Commission's effort to block the merger of two large Chicago-area hospital systems has provided a rare insider's look at the region's health care industry.

The picture reveals an industry in a state of flux and seemingly full of contradictions. Traditional lines between insurance companies and hospitals are being blurred. Competition is more intense than ever but collaboration is necessary. It's like a high school social where everyone is dancing with everyone but jealousy fills the gym.

Whether all the changes will result in lower costs and improved quality for consumers remains to be seen. Hospitals are merging, buying physician practices and opening...

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