Beginning in February 2003, the Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) cohosted hearings on health care and competition law and policy.
Report: Improving Health Care: A Dose of Competition - A Report by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice
For more information, contact David Kelly, Litigation I Section (firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-616-9447).
Overview of the Hearings
These hearings marked the beginning of an extended examination of the state of the health care marketplace and the roles of competition, antitrust enforcement, and consumer protection in satisfying consumer preferences for high-quality, cost-effective health care. This was only the second set of hearings ever hosted by the Antitrust Division.
The Division and the FTC held three to five days of hearings per month between March and October 2003, exclusive of August 2003.
Issues for Consideration
Specific topics included the following:
- Hospital mergers
- Health plans, including the following subtopics:
- Consolidation and market power
- Tacit or explicit coordination between plans
- Costs and impediments to entry into these markets
- Monopsony power obtained and exercised against providers
- Non-profit status and its significance
- Vertical arrangements
- Quality and efficiency
- The Noerr-Pennington and state action doctrines
- Existing remedies for anticompetitive conduct
Dates, Locations, and Topics
Information for each month appears on a separate page:
Hearings were held at the Federal Trade Commission Conference Center, 601 New Jersey Avenue in Washington, D.C., unless otherwise noted.
January 16, 2004
September 15, 2003
August 5, 2003
June 19, 2003
June 3, 2003
May 13, 2003
April 22, 2003
April 10, 2003
March 28, 2003
March 26, 2003
March 18, 2003
February 27, 2003
February 19, 2003
January 28, 2003
November 7, 2002
February 28, 2003
Introductory Remarks - “A Tale of Two Cities” by Deborah Platt Majoras, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division
February 26, 2003
Opening Day Comments by R. Hewitt Pate, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division
Federal Register Notices
November 12, 2002
FTC: Notice of Public Hearings [67 FR 68672]
Comments from the public, in both hardcopy and electronic form, were accepted through November 28, 2003. Selected comments appear on the FTC website.
Related Internet Site
FTC website: Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Hearings on Health Care and Competition Law and Policy