Judge raises doubts about Partners deal

November 10, 2014 8:01 PM

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Suffolk Superior Judge Janet L. Sanders on Monday raised doubts that a settlement negotiated by Attorney General Martha Coakley would be a sufficient antidote to the increased market power that Partners Healthcare would enjoy should it be allowed to take over three community hospitals.

Sanders grilled lawyers from both Coakley’s office and Partners on the settlement, expressing skepticism in her questions that the deal would provide the promised cost protections for patients, insurers, and the broader health care system. For example, Sanders asked how effective the proposed price ...

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