The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has cleared the acquisition of health care provider Trimenzo by rival provider Sensire. Both organizations provide health care services such as district nursing and nursing home care in the eastern part of the Netherlands. Trimenzo had been declared bankrupt earlier. With this acquisition, Sensire is able to continue Trimenzo’s health care services.
Assessment of the acquisition
ACM had previously already given permission to Sensire to begin with the acquisition of Trimenzo. As a result, Trimenzo’s staff was able to get new contracts, and health care services could be continued. ACM has now assessed what the acquisition’s possible consequences are for the price, quality, and accessibility of health care.
ACM’s assessment shows that, through its acquisition of Trimenzo, Sensire will become a major provider of district nursing in the municipality of Voorst, as both providers offer that type of health care in this municipality. However, sufficient other regional and national district-nursing providers will remain active in Voorst, which are also active in the surrounding municipalities. According to ACM, the acquisition’s consequences for the price, quality and accessibility of health care are thus limited. That is why ACM has cleared this acquisition.
ACM’s merger control
Through its assessments of mergers and acquisitions, ACM contributes towards the affordability, accessibility, and quality of health care. In ACM’s assessments of mergers and acquisitions, the consequences for patients and insured are central. If patients and health insurers have sufficient options, it will help towards lower prices, higher quality, and more innovation in health care.
More about this case
15-10-2019: Health care provider Sensire wishes to acquire full control over Trimenzo’s assets (in Dutch)
19-11-2019: Health care provider Sensire is cleared to acquire assets of Trimenzo (in Dutch)