College of Physicians-Surgeons of Puerto Rico; Centralmed Inc.; Fajardo Group Practice, Inc.; and Norte Med, Inc.,FTC and The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

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FTC and The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico v. College of Physicians-Surgeons of Puerto Rico; Centralmed Inc.; Fajardo Group Practice, Inc.; and Norte Med, Inc.
FTC Matter/File Number:

9710011

Enforcement Type:

Federal Injunctions

Case Summary

The Commission authorized staff to file a complaint and settlement in federal district court to settle allegations that the College and three physician groups engaged in an illegal boycott in an effort to coerce the government to make price-related changes under Puerto Rico's government-managed care plan for the indigent. According to the complaint, filed by the Commission and Puerto Rico's Attorney General in the U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico on October 2, 1997, the College and physicians engaged in an eight day boycott of all physician services for non-emergency patient care, which caused many people to be treated at area hospital emergency rooms an; forced others to completely forego medical care. The proposed settlement would prohibit such practices in the future and in addition, the proposed order will require the College to pay $300,000 to the catastrophic fund administered by the Puerto Rico Department of Health.