Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez this morning kicked off a two-day public workshop in Washington examining the challenges of competition in the healthcare industry. 

"I don't have to explain to this audience why competition in the healthcare industry is such a high priority for the FTC," said Ramirez. "Healthcare accounts for over 17 percent of GDP and study after study tells us that vigorous competition in healthcare markets reduces costs, improves quality, and expands access to care for consumers."

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