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J.P. Morgan Chase is acquiring health-care payments company InstaMed

Sarah Toy

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is buying health-care payments technology company InstaMed, the companies announced Friday. The deal will expand the bank's suite of payment services for health-care consumers, providers and payers, J.P. Morgan said. "We've made significant investments in our Wholesale Payments business over the years and this acquisition will give us a unique advantage in one of the fastest growing sectors. With InstaMed, we combine the strength and scale of JPMorgan Chase's payments capabilities with a leading healthcare payments solution for consumers, providers and payers," said Takis Georgakopoulos, global head of Wholesale Payments at J.P. Morgan. Annual health-care spend in the U.S. is estimated to be more than $3 trillion, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and billing and payment services could be a fertile market for the bank. Shares of the company have gained 14.1% in the year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 14.8%.