Panel opposes Partners expansion on South Shore

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

A state watchdog agency, in a rare rebuke to Partners HealthCare System, is expected on Wednesday to advise against Partners’ aggressive plan to take over South Shore Hospital and a nearby doctors group, saying the acquisitions would push up patients’ costs and stifle medical care competition in the region…

Expert quote:

“If you believe competition between hospitals and among doctors groups can hold down costs, then you need more competition. The effort by Partners to bring in South Shore Hospital and Harbor Medical would increase their power to win higher prices.”

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