Judge Rules Against Hospital in Honolulu for Alleged Attempt to Bar Oncology Group

A federal judge has ruled that Hawaii's largest hospital, Queen's Medical Center, cannot deny access to a radiation oncology group, according to a Coshocton Tribune report.

Pacific Radiation Oncology filed suit against Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, claiming the hospital told the physicians they could no longer have privileges there unless they became hospital employees.

PRO claims Queen's made that assertion after competitor Hawaii Medical Center closed two hospitals, leaving Queen's as the only facility in the area to provide certain radiation oncology services. In her order, U.S. District Court Judge Leslie Kobayashi said there is also a likelihood of success in establishing an antitrust violation.

According to the report, her order read that "Queen's decision to adopt the closed-department model was unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious because it was part of an attempt to eliminate all competition in the radiation field in Hawaii."

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