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Further investigation needed into merger of three geriatric-care providers in the south of the Netherlands
Dutch health care providers Stichting Schakelring, Stichting De Riethorst Stromenland and Stichting Volckaert wish to merge. Further investigation is needed into the merger’s effects in the markets for geriatric-rehabilitation care and post-acute rehabilitation services.
ACM’s Guidelines on the collective procurement of prescription drugs have helped in the negotiations with drug manufacturers.
ACM conducted a sector inquiry into TNF alpha inhibitors. The expiration of patents has led to lower prices. To guarantee their affordability in the future, competitors must be able to gain a solid position on the Dutch market.
Further investigation needed into merger between providers of nursing home care in city of Den Helder
ACM has ruled that a further investigation is needed into the planned merger between two health care providers, Stichting Omring and Stichting Vrijwaard, in the northern city of Den Helder. This investigation should reveal whether the merger will result in a dominant provider.
ACM sees anticompetitive risks if hospitals negotiate collectively with health insurers. This is also the case if hospitals are not located close to each other or do not offer the same services.