Government policies on a collision course. Health cost containment and the antitrust laws

Date Published:

1993 Sep-Oct


The Sherman Act, passed in 1890, was initially enacted to break up the huge "trusts" of that era, writes Donald Mooney, but it has been used more frequently as a weapon in the government's war to slow mounting health care costs. In this era of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, groups need to be readily aware of the laws regarding antitrust.