In health care,
bigger isn’t always better

Health systems are getting larger, but our care is getting more expensive and harder to access

Services can get cut
If deemed unprofitable or against religious doctrine

Patients are forced to travel long distances for quality care.

1 in 6 hospital beds in California are in a religious facility restricting reproductive and gender-affirming care. (Source)

Costs can increase
Due to lower competition among care providers

Health care in Northern California is nearly 2x more expensive than Southern California. (Source)

In fact, Sacramento is the most expensive city in the United States to give birth. (Source)

[Hospital] mergers have essentially banished competition and raised prices for hospital admissions in most cases…

Reed Abelson, The New York Times
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