The Irish Competition Authority settles its action against the Irish medical professional association in return for commitments to refrain from anti-competitive practices (Irish Hospital Consultants Association-IHCA)

The terms of a settlement agreement, reached between the Irish National Competition Authority (hereinafter “NCA”) and the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (henceforth “IHCA”), were published by the former in a press release issued on the 28th September, 2005. In February 2003, the NCA launched an investigation into the pricing practices of hospital consultants having suspected that the IHCA, a body which now represents 1,800 doctors, was involved in negotiations with leading insurance companies resulting in the conclusion of fee-setting on behalf of its members. Put otherwise, the NCA believed the IHCA to be responsible for price-fixing agreements between consultants and the health insurance sector. Despite vehement objections

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Orla Lynskey, The Irish Competition Authority settles its action against the Irish medical professional association in return for commitments to refrain from anti-competitive practices (Irish Hospital Consultants Association-IHCA), 28 September 2005, e-Competitions Bulletin Cartel settlements, Art. N° 316

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