California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced a high-profile lawsuit against Sutter Health for allegedly engaging in anticompetitive conduct that has driven up health care costs for patients and employers across the state. Sutter is one of the largest health care systems in California, and one study has shown that its hospital costs are 25% higher than other providers.
The lawsuit reflects growing concern among regulators and employers regarding the consolidation of healthcare services that has resulted as large health care systems continue to acquire smaller hospitals and medical practices. This case is expected to attract significant attention as state-level authorities potentially increase antitrust enforcement efforts in other jurisdictions.
California sues hospital giant Sutter Health, where study found prices 25% higher, USA Today, March 30, 2018
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