Critics Of Dignity-Catholic Health Merger Air Concerns Over Increased Prices, Restrictions On Women’s Health Care
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra needs to approve the merger between Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives, a process which includes public hearings about the impact the deal will have on the community.
Ventura County Star:
California Asked To Protect Patients In Dignity Hospital Merger
Worries about reproductive services, rising prices and cuts to health care access emerged in an Oxnard hearing Thursday on a proposed hospital mega-merger. Dignity Health, which operates 39 hospitals including St. John’s hospitals in Oxnard and Camarillo, plans to merge with the 101-hospital Catholic Health Initiatives system. The transaction would likely create the nation’s largest nonprofit hospital group. Health system leaders hope to complete the merger by the end of the year but first must gain the OK of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. A decision is expected by Halloween. (Kisken, 9/21)