Companies Told To Waive Rights To Sue Sutter Or Lose Access To Discounted In-Network Prices
Critics of the contract say it would increase Sutter's dominance over the market, which is already outsized.
Arbitrate Or Else: Sutter Health Drives A Hard Bargain
Bay Area companies say Sutter Health is strong-arming them into a contract that would help the medical system secure its power over prices and potentially raise the cost of medical care for their employees in the future. Dozens of companies received a letter in recent months, via their insurance administrators, asking them to waive their rights to sue Sutter. If they don’t, the letter says, the companies’ employees who get care at Sutter will no longer have access to discounted in-network prices. (Dembosky, 8/15)