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Sutter Health Defense Against California Class Action Challenging Pricing And Collection Practices For Uninsured Patients Ends With Settlement

On December 12, 2006, the Sacramento Superior Court gave final approval to a proposed class action settlement, bringing to a close the defense of a statewide class action against Sutter Health. The class action, reportedly covering hundreds of thousands of uninsured patients over a six-year period, alleged that Sutter Health and its affiliated California hospitals charged excessive prices to uninsured patients – allegations that the defense vehemently denied. Under the settlement, uninsured patients may be entitled to receive 25% to 45% discounts off of their Sutter Health-affiliated hospital bills. The complete terms of the settlement are wide-ranging, covering items such as future discount billing through modified debt collection practices.

Download PDF file of Sutter Health Settlement Agreement