The levels of poverty, hunger and malnutrition in these countries still remain staggeringly high.
Building on previous reports, this State of East Africa Report examines the political economy of inequalities and highlights the relationship between politics and inequality.
Many health care markets in the country are already highly concentrated, and more consolidation is happening.
This isn’t good for patients and their families, either for their pocketbooks or for the quality of care they receive.
Moreover, what happens in health care markets matters for the success of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) specifically, and for all health reform generally.
Markets are the chassis upon which the health care system runs — and if the chassis is broken, the car won’t run, no matter how elegant or well designed the reforms designed to act upon it.
However, there is growing concern that those markets do not work as well as they should: prices are high and rising, there are quality problems, and there is too little organizational innovation.
In my opinion, consolidation, concentration, and market power have a great deal to do with these problems.
In spite of the growth, the economic boom has not generated the jobs or prosperity for all that it was expected to.
And more mergers are on the way in 2017, industry experts say.
Motivated by the challenges of rising technology and regulatory costs, longtime shareholders who want to cash out and trouble finding management successors in rural communities, Wisconsin banks – mostly small ones – have been selling to other institutions.
Don't be surprised to see the logo of a different financial institution on the door of your bank branch in the next year. Nineteen mergers or acquisitions involving Wisconsin-based banks were announced in 2016, continuing a trend of bank consolidation in the state.
That’s up from 12 mergers announced in 2015 and nine in 2014.