The German Federal Cartel Office vetoes a merger of two public hospitals (Greifswald University Hospital / Wolgast Hospital)

1. Introduction In the past few years, the German hospital sector has undergone a process of consolidation due to the privatisation of a large number of hospitals held by local communities or the regional federal states (Länder). The German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) cleared the vast majority of the acquisitions made during this process without raising any competitive concerns. In March 2005, however, the FCO for the first time blocked two consecutive acquisitions of two district hospitals by Rhön-Klinikum. Rhön-Klinikum currently runs approximately 45 hospitals, which makes it the second largest privately held German hospital operator. In the two blocking decisions, the FCO rejected the applicants' argument that merger control law does not apply to hospital mergers, since the

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Helmut Bergmann, Frank Röhling, The German Federal Cartel Office vetoes a merger of two public hospitals (Greifswald University Hospital / Wolgast Hospital), 13 December 2006, e-Competitions December 2006, Art. N° 12733

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