PEORIA - There's a battle brewing between the two largest hospitals in the River City.
Tuesday, Methodist Medical Center filed an anti-trust lawsuit against its biggest competitor.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, basically accuses OSF Healthcare Systems of signing exclusive contracts that keep insurers from working with other hospitals.
The 39-page document accuses OSF Healthcare Systems of forcing health insurers into signing contracts to discourage insurers from working with competing hospitals.
It even goes as far as accusing OSF of threatening to not work with an insurer or to charge a penalty fee, if that insurer contracts with another hospital.
In the lawsuit, Methodist says those exclusive contracts reduce competition, which then hikes up the cost for health care and limits consumer choice.
Methodist is asking for $100 million in damages.
Representatives for Methodist Medical Center would not talk on camera.
OSF tells us it hasn't had a chance to look at the lawsuit. So it does not have a comment.