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Comment & Response
July 20, 2021

Backstop Price Caps in Commercial Health Care Markets

Author Affiliations
  • 1Duke University School of Medicine and Fuqua School of Business, Durham, North Carolina
  • 2Duke University Fuqua School of Business, Durham, North Carolina
JAMA. 2021;326(3):276-277. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.6809

To the Editor In their recent Viewpoint1 about regulation of health care prices, the authors claimed that instituting a price backstop for commercial insurance markets would limit the ability of consolidated health systems to exploit their growing market power. Although this approach has many virtues, as described, a flat backstop would serve as a blunt instrument for restraining prices.

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