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The Plan

Background

Mass General Brigham has filed a $2 billion expansion plan with the Department of Public Health, which includes developing three outpatient clinics that would expand Mass General Brigham’s footprint into the wealthy suburban areas of Westborough, Woburn, and Westwood. The ambulatory services proposed to be offered at each location are already offered by lower-cost, high-quality community providers in these regions.

Meanwhile, the cost of care continues to rise in Massachusetts. Total healthcare expenditures rose 4.3 percent in 2019, exceeding our state’s cost growth benchmark. Outpatient hospital services were one of the fastest drivers of this growth.

The Impact

The Coalition to Protect Community Care recognizes that an expansion by Mass General Brigham, the state’s most expensive healthcare system, into Westborough, Woburn and Westwood would:

Raise Costs

Increase the cost of care in our communities without increasing the quality of care for patients

Endanger Local Institutions

Threaten the financial viability of critical community healthcare institutions, resulting in reduced safety net care for our communities’ most vulnerable patients

Impair Health Equity

Worsen existing health disparities, and further negatively impact communities hardest hit by COVID-19

Replicate Services

Provide a redundant and far more expensive array of services that already exist in our communities today

Threaten Jobs

Jeopardize hundreds of essential local jobs
Our Mission

Community Voices

Mass General Brigham is a massive organization, with the dollars and connections to continue their mammoth expansion throughout the state. In order to combat their plans, the Coalition to Protect Community Care aims to uplift the voices of all of our members, and our membership needs to be far-reaching and multifaceted, including individuals from every corner of our communities.

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