FTC/DOJ Hearings on Health Care And Competition Law and Policy

Schedule for April 23 - 25 and May 7 - 8, 2003 Sessions

For Your Information


The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice today released a detailed schedule listing specific witnesses for the sessions of their joint hearings on health care and competition law and policy to be held April 23 - 25 and May 7 - 8, 2003. These hearings will be held at the FTC Conference Center at 601 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. Morning sessions are held from 9:15 a.m. until approximately 12:15 p.m. Afternoon sessions are held from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

These specific hearings focus on health insurance-related issues. The schedule is as follows:

Date Morning
Session Topic
Session Topic
April 23
Health Insurance Monopoly Issues - Market Definition Health Insurance Monopoly Issues - Competitive Effects
Thursday, April 24 Health Insurance Monopoly Issues - Entry and Efficiencies Hospital Insurance Monopsony - Market Definition
April 25
Hospital Insurance Monopsony - Competitive Effects Hospital Insurance Monopsony - Competitive Effects
May 7
Health Insurance/Providers - Countervailing Market Power Most Favored Nation Clauses
May 8
Physician Hospital Organizations  

As noted in the Federal Register notice announcing this event, any interested person may submit written comments responsive to any of the topics to be addressed. Comments directed at a particular subject considered during a particular session of hearings must be submitted no later than 45 days after the date of that specific hearing session. Comments on broader subjects within the general scope of the hearings may be submitted at any time after the publication of this notice, but no later than November 28, 2003.

Written comments should be submitted in both hard copy and electronic form. Six hard copies of each submission should be addressed to Donald S. Clark, Office of the Secretary, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580. Submissions should be captioned: "Comments Regarding Hearings on Health Care and Competition Law and Policy." Electronic submissions may be sent by electronic mail to healthcare@ftc.gov. Alternatively, electronic submissions may be filed on a 3-1/2 inch computer disk with a label stating the name of the submitter and the name and version of the word processing program used to create the document.

Contact Information

FTC Media Contact:
Cathy MacFarlane,
Office of Public Affairs
FTC Staff Contact:
David Hyman, Special Counsel,
Office of the General Counsel
202-326-2622 )
DOJ Media Contact:
Gina Talamona,
Office of Public Affairs
DOJ Staff Contact:
William Berlin,
Litigation I Section