HMO mergers and medicare: The antitrust issues

Roger D Feldman, R. S. Given

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This paper presents a theoretical framework to predict the effects that may arise from mergers in the rapidly-growing Medicare HMO market. We argue that mergers of large Medicare HMOs should be targeted for antitrust investigation because there are significant barriers into this market. The recent merger of PacifiCare and FHP is used to illustrate the potential antitrust issues raised by Medicare HMO mergers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-174
Number of pages4
JournalHealth Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 23 1998


  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Medicare
  • Mergers


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