23 Aug HOW DO YOU ANTICIPATE THAT COSTS FOR PATIENTS WILL CHANGE AS HCA HEALTHCARE IS SUCH A LARGE CORPORATION WITH PRICE-SETTING ABILITIES? WILL PATIENTS SEE ANY SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN HEALTH CARE COSTS IF THE TRANSACTION IS COMPLETED?
Healthcare costs aren’t driven by the ownership of a facility but rather by the input costs incurred to provide care. Therefore, we don’t expect that patients will see any significant changes related to the transaction. However, one of the benefits of joining HCA Healthcare will be increased efficiencies, so we look forward to the expanding access and accelerating improvements. HCA is one of, if not the most, efficient and effective healthcare operators in the nation. One of the many benefits of their scale is that their back office and overhead is so much lower. A second benefit of scale is that every single thing they buy, from a Band-Aid to an MRI scanner, they buy at the lowest price in the US, if not the world.