HCA in the News
HCA/Mission hit with anti-trust lawsuit, accused of exorbitant prices, declining quality
A class-action, anti-trust lawsuit filed in Buncombe County Aug. 10 charges HCA Healthcare with using a monopoly on the local health care industry to charge rates much higher than the state average while quality declines.
In a statement announcing the lawsuit, lawyers representing six Western North Carolina residents who brought the suit say the complaint alleges Mission is now the most expensive hospital in the state for many procedures.
“An out-of-state corporation has used its market power to cut quality and raise prices,” says attorney Mona Lisa Wallace of Salisbury firm Wallace & Graham. “Mission Health was once the crown jewel of North Carolina’s healthcare system. In filing this action, the Plaintiffs seek to have HCA live up to its promises of providing affordable health care in Western North Carolina.”
Read the full article at Citizen Times