EVENT ADVISORY: Antitrust Can Spur Health Care Provider Competition and Protect Patients, With FTC Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter

Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, May 14, the Center for American Progress will host an event on trends among health care providers and the role of antitrust policy. High U.S. health care prices are a major reason why Americans spend far more on health care yet are no healthier than their counterparts in other developed nations. These price markups are driven by insufficient competition in U.S. health care markets, as rapid consolidation continues among health care providers.

In 2018, the value of health care mergers and acquisitions amounted to more than $120 billion. In addition to consolidation between like firms—hospitals acquiring other hospitals or pharmacy chains merging together—a recent CAP analysis finds that the health care sector is experiencing increased vertical consolidation, or integration among companies that provide different sets of services.

Space is limited. Press interested in attending should RSVP here.


Introductory remarks:
Topher Spiro, Vice President for Health Policy, Center for American Progress

Keynote speaker:
Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

Featured panelists:
Kyle Arnone, American Federation of Teachers
Niall Brennan, President and CEO, Health Care Cost Institute
Michael Kades, Director of Markets and Competition Policy, Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Emily Gee, Health Economist of Health Policy, Center for American Progress


Tuesday, May 14, 2019
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET


Center for American Progress
1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

For more information, please contact Colin Seeberger at or 202-741-6292.