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Justice Department Declares War On Doctors

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Posted on May 31 2010 11:23 am
Liz Blaine is a financial analyst, author and freelance writer on finance, economics and politics. Follow her on Twitter and her blog Liz Blaine.
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The free marketplace works best when there is fair competition. This must read article details how the Department of Justice is attacking private enterprise and legislating compliance through the courts to “subjective opinions of unelected government antitrust lawyers.”

By: S. M. Oliva

In a landmark Idaho case, the Justice Department forced a group of doctors to accept government price controls.

As I’ve long suspected, “health care reform” has emboldened the Justice Department to take a more active role in enforcing government price controls against physicians. Today the Antitrust Division, joined by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, forced a a group of Boise orthopedists to accept price controls for worker’s compensation and HMO contracts as part of a settlement accusing the doctors of “price fixing”

The proposed settlement prevents the Idaho Orthopaedic Society and the named orthopedists from agreeing with their competitors on fees and contract terms. The settlement also prohibits them from collectively denying medical care to patients, refusing to deal with any payer or threatening to terminate contracts with any payer.

This case is a watershed for two reasons:

Continue reading at the Christian Science Monitor

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