Hospitals mobilize on health cost bill
Fearing ‘overreach’ by state, they mount lobbying blitz
Massachusetts hospitals and medical organizations last year spent more than any other sector on lobbying politicians on a range of issues - $9 million - reflecting both the industry’s size but also the high stakes. Nearly $1 million of the total was spent by Partners, which is the largest provider network in the state with nine hospitals and 6,000 doctors. Steward Health Care, Partners’ largest competitor, spent $362,000.