It is time for prudent people to ask whether mergers are the best way to set up health care systems that manage care under a capitated budget. You've heard the arguments for this, of course. Let me be the devil's advocate and offer some contrary views. I'm going to put them in extreme form to make the points. If you like, you can tone them down a bit, but the underlying issues still arise.
McKinsey reports: "Anyone who has researched merger success rates knows that roughly 70 percent of mergers fail." And they weren't just talking about hospitals!
* I've been wanting to use that word twice in a single sentence for years! A chimera is an organism, organ, or part consisting of two or more tissues of different genetic composition, produced as a result of organ transplant, grafting, or genetic engineering. It is also a fanciful mental illusion or fabrication.