Comments of the Healthcare Supply Chain Association on USTR Request for Comments on Additional Tariff Exclusions for COVID-19 Response
Dear Ambassador Lighthizer:
On behalf of the Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA), we appreciate the opportunity to provide comments to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on additional modifications of actions regarding Chinese exports under Section 301. HSCA is dedicated to supporting patient care and ensuring healthcare providers have access to critical medical supplies needed to support our nation’s healthcare preparedness and response efforts amidst COVID-19 pandemic.
HSCA represents the nation’s leading healthcare group purchasing organizations (GPOs), the sourcing and purchasing partners to virtually all of America’s 7,000+ hospitals, as well as the vast majority of the 68,000+ long-term care facilities, surgery centers, clinics, and other healthcare providers. GPOs work with healthcare providers to negotiate competitive prices and support a safe and reliable supply of products. The value and services that GPOs provide allow healthcare providers and physicians to focus on their core mission: providing first-class patient care. As the United States continues to address the spread of the coronavirus, it is critical that we ensure our nation’s healthcare providers are equipped to treat and prevent the spread of this disease and support patient care.
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