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

I. Introduction The healthcare sector is very different to other industries where competition, and the application of competition law, is a matter of routine [1]. At the heart of this difference is the goal shared by every European government of ensuring sufficient, equitable access to healthcare services for their populations, while knowing that information asymmetries and other market failures mean that market-based service provision will, on its own, be insufficient to achieve this goal. As a result, the healthcare sector is highly regulated, often with large scale public provision, and competition is seen as a policy tool of varying degrees of usefulness across the European Union [2]. For example, the OECD in a recent review of health system characteristics across Europe

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Andrew Taylor, Nick Warren, Healthcare and competition law: An overview of EU and national case law, 6 October 2015, e-Competitions Bulletin Healthcare, Art. N° 75900

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