Anti-Trust Law

Anti-Trust Law - Designed to protect free market...

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Designed to protect free market competition US Supreme court has ruled time and again that federal anti-trust laws do apply to the health care industry Congress has determined that the economic policy of the US is free market competition Quality, reducing health care costs is not an excuse for hospitals to be exempt from anti- trust laws Do you know what a slide rule is? Have you ever seen a slide rule? Oh good you have been to a museum then. Engineers are only allowed out of their cubicle one weekend per year. Imagine you are going over a bridge and the bridge has a sign that says the safety of this bridge has been guaranteed by the lowest bidder. Health care organizations have gone to Congress several time to try to get exemptions from anti-trust law and they have gotten them in a few instances: Peer-review to limit or expel a doctor from practice Doctor who lost his privileges would say that is illegal because kicking him out would reduce competition Medial Peer-review is allowed Health Care Quality Improvement Act (HCQIA) - participants in good faith medical peer-
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