Antitrust Complaint Against St. Luke’s Health (Courthouse News)

November 15, 2012 – St. Luke’s Health System is monopolizing health care in Idaho by buying up competitors, two hospitals say in a federal antitrust complaint.  Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and Treasure Valley Hospital claim top rival St. Luke’s Health System has made “sweeping” acquisitions, including 22 physician practices, five hospitals and four outpatient surgery centers in the past 4 years.  Now, the hospitals say, St. Luke’s is “poised” to buy Idaho’s largest and oldest physician practice, Saltzer Medical Group. If this acquisition goes through, competition for health care in Idaho and eastern Oregon will be “irreparably harmed,” according to the complaint.  St. Alphonsus claims that such a monopoly will boost health care costs above competitive levels. Of chief concern, however, is the Saltzer acquisition, which would affect St. Alphonsus’ operations in the Nampa, Idaho market.

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