Vertical integration in the healthcare industry is on the rise, prompted by cost-containment measures and declining profit margins. This Kalorama Information report describes the types of alliances being pursued in various industry segments, lists recent and proposed alliances, and details the strategies behind the various unions. The report covers these issues and trends for both healthcare products industries and healthcare distribution and services providers, such as clinical labs, hospitals, group purchasing networks, and more. The report also provides detailed reports on various healthcare companies' vertical integration activities. These profiles cover both healthcare products suppliers, and healthcare product distributors and service providers.