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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: Drs Hellinger and Young1 summarize premium impact estimates developed by Charles River Associates (CR) and by the CBO for federal antitrust exemption legislation. The CR analysis put the impact in the range of 3.6% to 17.7%. In contrast, CBO found only a 1.9% increase. Hellinger and Young indicate that there has been no study of the benefits of the legislation. In fact, we have developed empirical estimates of the costs and benefits of such legislation.2