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Is medical giant Partners HealthCare good for Massachusetts?
The Boston Globe Spotlight team investigates.
A force behind rising healthcare costs (Globe Staff / Pam Berry)Dr. Samuel O. Thier, shown making rounds with Massachusetts General Hospital residents in 1997, led Partners' efforts to demand higher payments from insurance companies.
Part 3

A force behind rising healthcare costs

In 2000, Partners HealthCare cut a deal with Blue Cross to ratchet up insurance costs. Nothing in Massachusetts healthcare has been the same since. (Boston Globe, 12/28/08)

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A healthcare system out of balance
Part 1

A healthcare system out of balance

Call it the "Partners Effect:" Elite hospitals are paid much more for care that is often no better than average. It is the best kept secret in Massachusetts medicine.
(Boston Globe, 11/16/08)
Healthcare giant takes aim at suburbs
Part 2

Healthcare giant takes aim at suburbs

Fueled by profits, Partners HealthCare's push for more of the suburban market has community hospitals running scared, and crying foul. (Boston Globe, 12/21/08)