Expert Testimony to California Senate Committee on Health

    Paul Ginsburg testified before the California Senate Committee on Health about fostering competition in consolidated markets on March 16, 2016.

    Ginsburg’s testimony focused on the implications and complexities of the consolidation trend in the health care market.

    They key points of the testimony included:

    1. Health care markets are becoming more consolidated, causing price increases for purchasers of health services, and this trend will continue for the foreseeable future despite anti-trust enforcement;

    2. Government can still play an effective role in addressing higher prices that come from consolidation by pursuing policies that foster increased competition in health care markets. Many of these policies can be effective even in markets with high degrees of concentration, such as in Northern California. 

    Ginsburg’s testimony focused predominately on provider competition and examined broadening anti-trust policy, policies to foster market forces, and direct regulation of prices. 

    Download his full testimony here.
    Download his presentation here.