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October 17, 2001

Economic Consequences of Collective Bargaining by Physicians

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(15):1837-1839. doi:10.1001/jama.286.15.1833

To the Editor: I have several concerns about the article by Drs Hellinger and Young1 on physician antitrust exemption legislation.

First, I suspect that some of the profit reduction achieved by health maintenance organizations (HMOs) in 1999 is attributable not only to physician fees but also to other providers such as hospitals, home care agencies, imaging fees, laboratory fees, and durable medical equipment expenses.

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