The plaintiffs are seeking refunds for overages charged, as well as a change in the health care system's practices and pricing.

Has our country reached a tipping point in its tolerance for rampant consolidation and monopolistic behavior in the health care industry? Following last week's news about the Department of Justice's interest in UnitedHealth's acquisition of Change Healthcare, we're also seeing greater pushback at a regional level. In North Carolina, HCA Healthcare, the country's largest for-profit health care operator, is facing a class-action lawsuit. Among a long list of grievances, the suit alleges that HCA-owned MIssion Health used its monopoly power to increase prices, insurance rates and deductibles throughout its services area.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.