NC Attorney General files antitrust case against Carolinas HealthCare of Charlotte

- NC Attorney General Roy Cooper filed a lawsuit against Carolinas HealthCare of Charlotte on Thursday.

Cooper said Charlotte consumers face higher health care costs and fewer choices because of efforts by Carolinas HealthCare System to prevent competition.

“Pushing medical costs artificially higher and limiting choices harms North Carolina families,” Cooper said. “Consumers who need health care deserve accurate information and access to quality, affordable options.”

The case was filed jointly with the US Department of Justice in US District for the Western District of NC.

The legal complaint filed today alleges that, "CHS acted unlawfully to preserve its dominance in the Charlotte health care market. CHS has long known that it has the reputation of being a high-priced health care provider, the filing states. To protect its revenues, the plaintiffs contend that CHS aggressively uses its market power to keep consumers from taking advantage of better prices at other hospitals and from getting access to less expensive insurance policies. The lawsuit also alleges that CHS blocks consumers from receiving information about the cost and quality of CHS services, critical data that could potentially help consumers find quality care at better prices."

“We tell consumers to shop around for the best quality and price, and health care should be no different,” Cooper said. “Competition is good for business and good for customers, including in the health care industry.”

Link to antitrust case filed, here.

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