Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
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.
Birnbaum G. Economic Consequences of Collective Bargaining by Physicians. JAMA. 2001;286(15):1837-1839. doi:10.1001/jama.286.15.1833