IHC Health Care Scrutinized

IHC Health Care Scrutinized

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(KSL News) -- Utah's health care industry, and in particular its largest health care provider, is undergoing formal, legislative scrutiny, that started today.

A health care task force has launched a two-year study of the way Intermountain Health care does business. With a 300-thousand dollar budget the group of legislators plans to concentrate on IHC's dominant role in health care in Utah.

The study panel's decisions will likely affect the way IHC's health insurance business affects competition with other health care providers.

Bill Nelson, Intermountain Health Care: "We think we're able to provide better service because we have the health plan integrated. To force a divestiture would be a negative impact on the people of Utah."

Sen. Michael Waddoups,(R) West Valley City: "Right now we're down to half a dozen insurers in the state, compared with hundreds in the country."

The Task Force members did compliment IHC's health care quality, and the amount of its charity health care. But they'll study those matters too.

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