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Antitrust and Competition in Health Care Markets

Martin Gaynor, William B. Vogt

NBER Working Paper No. 7112
Issued in May 1999
NBER Program(s):   HC

In this paper we review issues relating to antitrust and competition in health care markets. The paper begins with a brief review of antitrust legislation. We then discuss whether and how health care is different from other industries in ways that might affect the optimality of competition. The paper then focuses on the main areas in which antitrust has been applied to health care: hospital mergers, monopsony, and foreclosure. In each of these sections we review the relevant antitrust cases, discuss the issues that have arisen in those cases, and then review the relevant economics literature and suggest some new methods for analyzing these issues.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w7112

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  • With Deborah Haas-Wilson, published as "Change, Consolidation, and Competition in Health Care Markets", Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 13, no. 1 (Winter 1999): 141-164. ,
  • Gaynor, Martin & Vogt, William B., 2000. "Antitrust and competition in health care markets," Handbook of Health Economics, in: A. J. Culyer & J. P. Newhouse (ed.), Handbook of Health Economics, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 27, pages 1405-1487 Elsevier.

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