Fedor Statement on McLaren St. Luke's Antitrust Lawsuit
November 13, 2020
Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) issued the following statement after McLaren St. Luke's announced it had filed an antitrust lawsuit against ProMedica Health Systems for an alleged pattern of "monopolistic and anticompetitive behavior.”
“The filing by McLaren St. Luke’s isn’t a surprise. Once again, ProMedica has shown itself to be more concerned with profit than patient care. ProMedica’s latest actions are just another means of squashing competition to maintain control of Toledo’s health care market at the community’s expense.
“Past litigation involving ProMedica and its attempt to acquire St. Luke’s resulted in a merger case ruling by the Federal Trade Commission that was litigated to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court ruled against ProMedica and deemed its attempt ‘anti-competitive,’ as ProMedica would have controlled more than half of Toledo’s hospital market. In August 2015, the University of Toledo Medical Center entered the Academic Affiliation Agreement with ProMedica Healthcare System. In just five years, all but the hospital’s Orthopedics, Family Medicine and Psychiatry faculty and residents were required to move their practices to ProMedica’s flagship hospital.
“Market control in any sector usually results in rising costs to consumers, which is something patients and their families shouldn’t have to face, especially during a pandemic. ProMedica’s attempts to monopolize health care in Northwest Ohio must be stopped. I stand with McLaren St. Luke’s and all the Toledoans whose access to health care they are fighting for.”