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Antitrust Reform

Antitrust relief remains a high priority for physicians. Legislation is needed to enable physicians and other health care professionals to effectively negotiate with health plans without fear of violating antitrust laws. Physicians should be allowed to negotiate contract terms that increase patient choice and improve quality of care. Patients and their physicians should make informed decisions about their health care needs, not insurers.

The AMA believes that the rapid consolidation of the health insurance market and the unreasonable, non-negotiable contracts forced upon physicians are clearly evidence that pure application of the antitrust laws is not working as intended. The fact that many physicians feel forced to sign contracts that a reasonable business person would not accept raises serious questions about the dynamic of this market. Antitrust relief legislation would help reduce the critical imbalance in the health care marketplace and restore some power to physicians so they can act in the best interests of their patients.

Antitrust resources

Antitrust Relief in Health System ReformPDF FIle

AMA White Paper proposes an effective Antitrust reform remedyPDF FIle

Final order from the Nevada Attorney General regarding the UnitedHealth Group, Inc and Sierra Health Services, Inc. merger PDF FIle

Competing in the Marketplace: How physicians can improve quality and increase their value in the health care market through medical practice integrationPDF FIle

Antitrust state and federal actions

AMA statement to the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives, on health industry consolidation, September 9, 2011PDF FIle

Statement to the Subcommittee on the Courts and Competition Policy, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, re: Antitrust Laws and Their Effects on Health Care Providers, Insurers and Patients, December 1, 2010PDF FIle

AMA letter to Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney regarding competition in health insurance and other antitrust matters, July 8, 2009PDF FIle

Statement to the Committee on Small Business, U.S. House of Representatives, on Small business Competition Policy: Are Markets Open for Entrepreneurs? September 25, 2008PDF FIle

Statement to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights given by Henry S. Allen, Jr. Esq. on Consolidation in the Pennsylvania Health Insurance Industry: The Right Prescription? July 31, 2008PDF FIle