The Turkish Competition Authority fines private hospitals for concluding no poach arrangements, conspiring to fix wages and service fees charged to freelance physicians (Private Hospitals Cartel)

Introduction The Turkish Competition Authority (“TCA”) has published its reasoned decision dated 24.02.2022 and numbered 22-10/152-62 (“Private Hospitals Decision” or “Decision”) in which it examined the allegations that private health institutions and an association of undertaking (i) jointly determined the operating room service fees charged to freelance physicians, (ii) restricted competition by preventing employee transfers and jointly determining the salary scales of employees, and (iii) exchanged competitively sensitive information. Within the scope of the Decision, the activities of the relevant undertakings operating in Turkey’s two provinces, Samsun and Bursa, were examined separately. The Private Hospitals Decision is particularly of importance since it is the first decision in

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Mustafa Ayna, Özlem Başıböyük Coşkun, Arda Deniz Diler, The Turkish Competition Authority fines private hospitals for concluding no poach arrangements, conspiring to fix wages and service fees charged to freelance physicians (Private Hospitals Cartel), 22 February 2022, e-Competitions February 2022, Art. N° 110096

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