Killing com­pe­ti­tion

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

Re­gard­ing “Feds hit Mich. Blues with an­titrust suit,” Daily Dose, Oct. 18): It is im­pos­si­ble to con­nect the dots be­tween “most­fa­vored nation” and a lower over­all cost of health­care when the con­tract ac­tu­ally pre­vents lower costs be­ing of­fered to com­peti­tors.

Clearly, it is sim­ply an anti-com­pet­i­tive prac­tice that al­lows a dom­i­nant player to force the loss of provider in­come from these lower cost con­tracts to be shifted to its com­peti­tors—even­tu­ally forc­ing the com­pe­ti­tion out of the mar­ket.

Bruce Wilkin­son Van­cou­ver, Wash.

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