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August 5, 1950

PREPAYMENT PLANS IN RELATION TO RESTRAINT OF TRADE

JAMA. 1950;143(14):1262. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910490040013
Abstract

The recent action by the Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound (Washington) against the King County (Washington) Medical Society, the King County Medical Service Bureau and others for damages and for an injunction to restrain them from effecting and maintaining an alleged monopoly of medical prepayment care plans in King County, Washington, has been decided adversely to Group Health Cooperative.1 The trial judge dismissed the proceedings on the merits on July 14. His 30 page decision concludes with the following language:

"The practice of medicine in the State of Washington is subject to licensing and regulations and may not lawfully be subjected to 'commercialization or exploitation.' I am of the opinion that the evidence in this case fails to show malice or ill will on the part of the defendants toward the plaintiffs and that it is insufficient to establish a conspiracy or combination, the object of which was

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