North Carolina governor Roy Cooper says there are still plenty of questions that need to be answered about Mission Health’s proposed sale to a for-profit healthcare company. Mission announced last week it was entering negotiations to be purchased by HCA Healthcare, a for-profit company based in Nashville that operates hospitals in 20 states and the United Kingdom. Speaking to reporters after an event for students to learn about jobs in healthcare at Mission’s Cancer Center Tuesday morning, Governor Cooper said he hopes the sale leads to a positive outcome for Western North Carolina and the region’s primary healthcare system. “But we’ve got to ask a lot of questions about Mission’s commitment to making sure indigent patients are covered and Medicaid patients are covered”, the governor added.
The sale is far from final, which the governor says allows those questions to be asked and hopefully answered. “You want to make sure that there is still competition in the healthcare field and that we don’t have too much of a taking over of a market", Cooper said. "But Mission Health is looking to better itself and better its service to the community Western North Carolina and they believed this was the best step to take.”
If both Mission and HCA do reach an agreement, their deal would still need regulatory approval before the sale would be final.