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U.S.: Sutter Health and big hospital chains probe in California

 |  September 21, 2012

California’s attorney general has launched an antitrust investigation into some of the state’s top hospital chains and their affiliated physicians’ groups, to see if consolidation means inordinately higher prices. Sacramento’s Sutter Health and San Francisco’s Dignity Health are among those getting subpoenas from Attorney General Kamala Harris. California underwent a wave of hospital mergers in the 1990 and the exception came in 1999, when then Attorney General Bill Lockyer sued to block Sutter’s takeover of Alta Bates Medical Center in Oakland.

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