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FTC and Virginia Attorney General Seek to Block Inova Health System Foundation's Acquisition of Prince William Health System

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How does the government maintain freedom of choice in the marketplace? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) helps regulate market issues to help protect economic freedoms.

This document outlines an FTC decision about the Inova Health System in Northern Virginia. The FTC ruled that Inova could not acquire the Prince William Health System, because it would reduce health care choices for consumers.

Why is it important to have a number of hospital choices available? What role does government play in the economy? What type of economic system is employed in this example (free, command, or mixed economy)? How do you know?

Source: Mitchell J. Katz, "FTC and Virginia Attorney General Seek to Block Inova Health System Foundation's Acquisition of Prince William Health System," Federal Trade Commission (accessed March 21, 2009).

How to Cite This Source
Mitchell J. Katz, "FTC and Virginia Attorney General Seek to Block Inova Health System Foundation's Acquisition of Prince William Health System," in Virginia Civics, Item #376, http://vagovernmentmatters.org/primary-sources/376 (accessed September 19, 2017).
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