BOSTON (AP) — A petition signed by 21 antitrust experts and health economists asks a Massachusetts judge to block efforts by the state’s biggest health care system to absorb three more hospitals.
The Partners HealthCare System’s planned takeovers of South Shore Hospital and two Hallmark Health System hospitals have been approved by Attorney General Martha Coakley under certain conditions.
The Boston Globe reports that the petition signed by antitrust specialists, many from major U.S. universities, says the deal is unlikely to contain rising medical costs as intended. They say they consider the Partners case a high-profile test of regulators’ ability to promote competition in a market dominated by a powerful hospital and physicians’ network.
None has a financial stake in the deal.
A Suffolk Superior Court judge is currently weighing whether to approve the agreement.