Sanford Physician Competition Attorneys
Healthcare has always involved a clash of science and business. On the one hand, technological advances have made it possible for skilled physicians to perform cutting-edge procedures without the overhead of a traditional hospital. But on the other hand, the business model for healthcare remains trapped in an industrial model that favors consolidation of power in the hands of a few insurance companies and large hospitals.
Physicians who try to compete against this model often face an uphill struggle. Physician-owned surgery centers are frequently the target of anticompetitive tactics by hospitals desperate to preserve their streams of highly profitable surgical procedures. While there is nothing wrong with healthy competition, as it were, too often hospitals and insurers resort to illegal tactics that are simply designed to eliminate a potential competitive threat. This is bad for patients and bad for the healthcare industry as a whole. It is also a violation of federal and state antitrust laws.
This is where the Sanford physician competition attorneys at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., can help. We are antitrust litigators who focus on representing physicians and health care providers. We can help you take aggressive legal action against competitors who are trying to undermine the legitimate market process and rig the local healthcare industry in their favor.
Protecting Yourself Against Anticompetitive Behavior in the Seminole County Healthcare Market
Two of the most common antitrust violations we come across at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., are price-fixing and market allocation agreements. These refer to deals that try to unreasonably restrain trade by restricting competition on price or geographic terms. By setting prices artificially high or low, dominant firms can prevent new competitors from successfully entering the market.
Another common tactic used in the healthcare industry is exclusive dealing. In and of itself, this is not against the law. Many insurers choose to sign exclusive deals with local hospitals to ensure that their patients will have access to the full range of healthcare service in a given area. But when such exclusive deals are simply a smokescreen to force patients to use only one provider in perpetuity, that can raise serious antitrust concerns.
A more blunt example of exclusive dealing occurs when hospitals resort to coercion or blackmail against physicians. We have heard from many doctors who have been told they must refer their patients to a given hospital or lose their privileges. In some cases the hospitals may even manipulate the peer review process to manufacture false allegations of misconduct against doctors who refuse to “go along” with such referral demands. Such conduct is clearly the type of anticompetitive behavior that the antitrust laws were designed to stop.
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Whatever your situation, if you believe that you are unable to fairly compete in the Sanford and Seminole County healthcare markets due to potentially illegal conduct, you need to speak with a qualified attorney as soon as possible. The Sanford physician competition attorneys at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., will handle your case with the highest degree of sensitivity and professionalism. Call us today at (312) 624-7642 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.