More healthcare acquisitions completed; Healthcare costs hit the elderly hardest;

> As of yesterday, hospital chain Steward Health Care System completed its acquisition of 212-bed New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton, Mass., The Boston Globe reported. Article

> Duke LifePoint Healthcare has finalized its acquisition of Marquette (Mich.) General Health System, the latter announced yesterday. The transaction was reviewed and approved by Michigan's attorney general. Announcement

> Healthcare costs hit the elderly the hardest; a quarter of Medicare beneficiaries made an average contribution of $101,791, and the same number spent more than their total household assets on healthcare, according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Study abstract

> Female leaders at Florida's Jackson Health System protested a board meeting Tuesday, objecting to executives' plans to explore the possibility of privatizing medical staffing in emergency rooms and the rape treatment center, the Miami Herald reported. Article

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