Hospital Pricing Suits Were Reinstated

Two class action lawsuits which allege two hospital systems charge unreasonable prices to patients who are not covered by health insurance or government programs has been reinstated by the South Dakota Supreme Court.

The two lawsuits which were dismissed earlier by Circuit Judge Gene Paul Kean, were filed by Sherry Nygaard and Robert Dosch. Nygaard sued Sioux Valley Hospitals and Health System over charges she believed were excessive for intestinal surgery. Dosch sued Avera Health after treatment of a broken hip.

An attorney for the two patients told the high court that the hospitals breached an implied contract and violated a state law on deceptive trade practices.

Link [www.rapidcityjournal.com/articles/2006/05/24/news/state/state02.txt]

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