The Bulgarian Competition Authority sanctions a medical professional association for adoption of minimum tariffs for medical appointments (Bulgarian Medical Association)

On 3 May 2012 the Bulgarian Competition Authority (CPC) [1] prosecuted the Bulgarian Medical Association (BLS) [2] for the adoption of minimum tariffs for medical appointments applied towards patients outside the national health insurance system. For the established infringement of the national equivalent of Article 101 TFEU in the form of “decision by association of undertakings” the CPC imposed a fine at the maximum rate of 10% of undertaking’s relevant annual turnover. The CPC’s investigation was prompted by the media reporting that on 17 April 2011 the extraordinary session of the BLS Assembly fixed the minimum tariff for medical appointments at BGN 24 (or approx. Eur. 12), which amounted to 10% of the official minimum wage at that time. Replying on the CPC’s information request the

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Alexandr Svetlicinii, The Bulgarian Competition Authority sanctions a medical professional association for adoption of minimum tariffs for medical appointments (Bulgarian Medical Association), 3 May 2012, e-Competitions May 2012, Art. N° 47339

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