Sutter Health Statement on Antitrust Litigation
Sutter Health is vigorously defending itself against what we believe are baseless allegations brought by self-interested plaintiffs whose lawsuit is supported by insurance companies. It is insurance companies who will benefit from the remedies sought through this litigation, not Northern California patients who would be left with reduced access to quality and affordable healthcare.
The Affordable Care Act explicitly encourages integrated models of care like Sutter Health to foster better quality and value in healthcare. Yet the plaintiffs suing us want to dismantle Sutter’s integrated network in order to expand insurance companies’ market share and give them more power to create contracts that move Northern California patients into a narrow band of doctors and providers, making it easier for insurers to limit patient choice, reduce patient reimbursements and deny patient claims.
Put simply, the plaintiffs in this matter are attempting to usurp government authority and use the Court to achieve the insurance industry’s public policy objectives, making an end-run around the State’s legislators and regulators. Regulating Sutter Health is the responsibility of the California Department of Public Health, which acts in the best interest of the State’s citizens, not out-of-state insurance companies.
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