IHPC strongly endorses the letter sent to the Federal Trade Commission by its partner, the Coalition for Patients’ Rights (CPR) supporting FTC efforts “to address the negative effects of healthcare monopolies on patients.”
The CPR letter was submitted as part of the Public Comment period following the FTC’s March FTC workshop, “Examining Health Care Competition.” CPR repeated the assertion that has long been at the center of the integrative disciplines’ protests about their exclusion from the greater healthcare system:
The idea that organizations representing one profession should determine the scope or requirements of practice by those in other professions is an assault on the very notion of competition that the FTC is authorized and empowered to enforce. This conflict of interest harms, rather than protects, healthcare consumers.
The FTC’s two-day workshop examined, “…activities and trends that may affect competition in the evolving health care marketplace,” including:
- professional regulation of health care providers
- innovations in health care delivery
- advancements in health care technology
- measuring and assessing health care quality
- price transparency of health care services
FTC has collected post-workshop comments from more than 150 organizations and individuals (including the Maryland University of Integrative Health: the former Tai Sofia). The full list is here.