How private equity has increased the cost of care for 6 physician specialties

Private equity increases the cost of caring for patients in six major physician specialties, according to a July 10 report published by the American Antitrust Institute in partnership with the Petris Center and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. 

According to the study, private equity-acquired practices in several specialties had statistically significant expenditure per patient increases. 

Six specialties with cost increases from private equity and the expenditure increase per patient: 

Note: Specialties are ranked by the highest to lowest number of private equity partnerships formed in 2021. 

1. Gastroenterology: 16.4 percent 

2. Dermatology: 4.1 percent 

3. OB-GYN: 10.5 percent 

4. Ophthalmology: 15.4 percent 

5. Urology: 8.5 percent 

6. Primary care: 6.2 percent

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