Former temporary Medicare director and former Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Berwick recently joined the chorus of complaints about how bad Partners Healthcare System is for Massachusetts residents. Berwick said:
"Partners’ prices hover around 30 percent higher than the state average, and its “total medical expenditures” — adjusted for the severity of the patients it cares for — are nearly 10 percent higher than the average."
So given the incredible imprecision of the state's statistics concerning health care, Partners prices, which are 10% higher according to Berwick after you take into account who Partners treats according to Berwick -- and you take into account that a 10% difference is basically statistically insignificant -- are basically the same as everyone else's.
What I don't understand is why Partners wants to go through this hassle. Let these little hospitals fold as they will unless they merge into Partners. Most of the people who would have gone there will end up going to Partners anyways. Partners wins without all the legal hassle and bad PR