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Sara Murphy


Sara Murphy, Ph.D., is a freelance writer living in the mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Lifehacker, 100 Days in Appalachia, Supermajority News, and Folks.

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Lawsuit targets HCA's hospital monopoly in Western North Carolina

September 1, 2021 - The same North Carolina law firm that successfully took on Smithfield Foods' hog farm pollution is now representing a group of plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against Tennessee-based hospital company HCA, owner of Asheville's Mission Health System. The suit — which claims the company has monopolized the regional health care market in a way that's hurting patients and caregivers — comes amid heightened scrutiny of health care monopolies.