Lieff Cabraser is investigating the extremely high cost of health insurance in Northern California. Those costs appear to be driven by unreasonably high hospital prices.
A March 2011 analysis done by The Los Angeles Times found that, on average, hospitals in Northern California collect 56% more revenue per patient than hospitals in Southern California.
The general cost of health care in Northern California is 30% higher than that of the rest of the state. The average cost of an inpatient procedure in Southern California is $131,586, while in Northern California, the average cost is $223,278. As just one example, the cost of delivering a premature baby in Northern California is $605,000, nearly double the cost in Southern California ($343,000). Outpatient procedures can cost even more.
Lieff Cabraser is investigating whether these high hospital costs are tied to violations of the antitrust laws. Our investigation focuses on the effect on health insurance premiums in plans offered by Anthem, Blue Cross, Aetna, Blue Shield of California, CIGNA, Health Net, or UnitedHealthcare.