The Hungarian competition authority holds that a public tender for the operation of an hospital may lead to a merger but holds that the operation fells below the thresholds while applying its method of calculating turnover (Markhot Ferenc Hospital)

In November 2007, the municipality of Heves County (Hungary) announced a public tender for the operation of Markhot Ferenc Hospital (hereinafter Hospital) for 20 years from the date of concluding the contract. Based on the contract, the winning bidder would be obliged to operate the Hospital for 20 years in line with the legislation in force and according to the medical professional and economic programme adopted. To perform this activity, the winner would obtain the property management rights over the Hospital. In March 2008, the municipality of Heves County decided that Hospinvest Zrt. should be the undertaking with whom they would sign the agreement. The competition authority (Gazdasági Versenyhivatal, hereinafter GVH) first examined the regulatory environment of healthcare

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Ádám Remetei-Filep, The Hungarian competition authority holds that a public tender for the operation of an hospital may lead to a merger but holds that the operation fells below the thresholds while applying its method of calculating turnover (Markhot Ferenc Hospital), 4 December 2008, e-Competitions Bulletin Public procurement, Art. N° 23813

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