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Healthcare and competition law: An overview of EU and national case law

I. Introduction The application of competition law to the healthcare industry in a number of European states has expanded significantly in recent years as governments have introduced, or increased the use of, both market-based mechanisms and the private sector to deliver services to patients. Examples of these reforms include the introduction of patient choice of hospital, including both public and private hospitals, for acute elective care in England [1], the establishment of a competitive model of health insurance in the Netherlands, the opening up of primary and community healthcare provision in Sweden, and a significant expansion by the private sector in the provision of hospital services in Germany. Competition law has long been applied in parts of the healthcare industry,

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  • Aldwych Partners
  • UK Cooperation and Competition Panel
  • UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (London)
  • British Competition Authority - CMA (London)

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Andrew Taylor, Catherine Davies, Renella Reumerman, Rosie Curran, Healthcare and competition law: An overview of EU and national case law, 15 October 2015, e-Competitions Bulletin Healthcare, Art. N° 33647

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