The German Competition Authority issues a Statement of Objections to an association of medical aid providers over a coordinated price increase to the detriment of health insurance companies (ARGE)

Bonn, 25 January 2023: The Bundeskartellamt has sent its preliminary investigation results in the proceeding for coordinated price increases to the detriment of health insurance companies to the working group of associations of medical aids providers (referred to as ARGE) for comments. ARGE represents a large part of the relevant medical aids suppliers (especially medical supply stores providing rollators, sitting aids, etc.) in the rehabilitation and care sector. The associations organised under the ARGE umbrella are Bundesinnungsverband für Orthopädie-Technik, EGROH, CURA-SAN, rehaVital, Reha-Service-Ring and Sanitätshaus Aktuell. Under the “ARGE” name, the associations had demanded coordinated price increases from

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