A new lawsuit filed against Health First, the company that runs both Holmes Regional Medical Center and Palm Bay Hospital in Brevard County, alleges the company has maintained a monopoly through intimidation of doctors and disruption of their practices.

The person who ultimately loses is the typical patient.

“If a doctor, for example, would not refer a patient to a Health First hospital then they could be retaliated against by being excluded from the Health First [insurance coverage] plan,” Morgan & Morgan attorney Tucker Byrd told WFTV.

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