Friday, October 03, 2003

Rights and Reason: Counting the Bodies

Since the Bush administration took office in 2001, more than 8,438 physicians have been prosecuted for alleged antitrust violations by the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice. This figure encompasses 18 groups ranging in size from six to 1,500 physicians. To my personal knowledge, at least three other groups are under investigation at this time, and in all likelihood the FTC's current "one physician group a month" quota will continue in the immediate future.

To put the number in perspective, 8,438 is about 1% of all physicians in the United States.

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