WILL AN INDEPENDENT FAIRNESS OPINION BE DONE AND PUBLICLY REPORTED?

WILL AN INDEPENDENT FAIRNESS OPINION BE DONE AND PUBLICLY REPORTED?

Yes, the attorney general (and his or her counterparts at the federal level) will review the effect the transaction might have on market competition, ensure that HCA is paying a fair price for the entity (the fairness opinion) and ensure that any proceeds resulting from the sale continue to benefit the public.