Twenty years ago this month, Boston’s two most powerful hospitals pronounced their desire to merge with each other and create Partners Healthcare System, the giant chain that dominates the state’s health care industry.
Hardly anyone has said “no” to Partners about anything ever since.
When it comes to medicine and money, lots of people have complained about the market pricing power created by the combination of Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s, and a collection of other, smaller institutions.
But none of them has been in a position to do much about it.
This week could be different. A few people actually do have the chance to throw a net over current expansion plans at Partners.
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