Breakingviews: UnitedHealth’s Deal May Point to Health Care’s Future


A patient undergoing an M.R.I. scan in Brooklyn. Putting multiple health businesses together could mean fewer disputes.

Jeenah Moon for The New York Times

Health care Goliaths are cutting out the middleman. The American health care system is full of intermediaries chasing after a share of the industry’s profit, often by gaming one another. UnitedHealth’s $4.9 billion purchase of a physicians group from DaVita is the latest example of trying to cut costs by eliminating such links in the chain.

The health care system in the United States is akin to one of Rube Goldberg’s zany cartoon contraptions. America spends far more than other countries on treating or preventing…

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