Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? Monopoly is Not a Game
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Tuesday, May 03, 2016 12:00 AM

For those who promote “Let’s forget organized medicine and just do our own thing,” what will you do about those who espouse the following policies?

Comment:  Organized medicine supports relief from antitrust regulations.  The problem is "AMA support of antitrust relief ... [is] limited to physician-led ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations) and not to ACOs owned and controlled by non-physicians."

When they say we support exemption from the law for us but not for you, will you just allow them to continue their monopolistic growth, or will you seek a more just solution?  

When members of their profession start to become the decision makers in the state agencies, legislatures and the US Congress, what will you do to counter their monopolistic growth strategies?

Excerpt:  AMA support of antitrust relief for physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs), [is] limited to physician-led ACOs and not to ACOs owned and controlled by non-physicians, including hospitals, insurance companies, or others.

 – Physician Payment – AMA Statement to FTC, CMS and OIG DHHS Supporting the Ability of ACOs to Negotiate with Insurers on an Exclusive Basis, American Medical Association Policy  D-385.962

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This is a weekly series excerpting from the American Medical Associations own published policies regarding “non-physicians”.  It will take nearly a year to complete.