BOISE -- A lawsuit has been filed against Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello contending the hospital prevented competition by controlling the area's anesthesiologists.

The Idaho Business Review reports in a story published Wednesday that Terry Elquist filed the lawsuit that's in federal court.

Elquist says the Anesthesia Associates of Pocatello was pressured by Portneuf Medical Center to drop Elquist's medical consulting business if he didn't agree to stop attempts to start a competing surgical center.

Elquist says the hospital's tactics forced the anesthesiology group to go along with the plan.

Portneuf Medical Center has asked that the lawsuit be dismissed.

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