Federal Trade Commission

It's time to halt North Shore medical system merger

It's time to halt North Shore medical system merger

A proposed area hospital merger, one that would combine large health care systems along the lucrative suburban North Shore, appears to be on life support — courtesy of a federal regulator that's strongly questioning the deal and an appellate court ruling that didn't help either.

While I don't wish ill on Advocate Health Care or NorthShore University HealthSystem, pulling the plug on their proposed union, which was announced in 2014, is probably a sound idea.

Doing so would benefit consumers, who are already feeling the impact of mounting health care costs, because it would help preserve healthy medical service competition in many communities north of...

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