AMA Cites Antitrust Worries In Health Care Industry

Law360, New York (April 17, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Department of Justice may want to turn a regulatory eye toward the health insurance industry, according to a study released Monday by the American Medical Association.

The study shows that in many states, the market for health insurance is controlled by a few large providers, which may amount to an anticompetitive environment.

The AMA study found that 43 states have what could be considered “highly concentrated” markets, according to DOJ standards. In 166 of 294 major metropolitan areas, a single health insurance provider controls more...
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