Documents: Market inquiry into private healthcare

Documents: Market inquiry into private healthcare

Recently released documents outline key dates and some of the process so far in regards to the Competition Commission’s market inquiry into private health care.

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On 6 January 2014, South Africa’s Competition Commission began a market inquiry, or investigation, into the private health sector following concerns about the high price of health care in the sector.

Competition Commission LogoThe market inquiry will examine why the private sector may not be working effectively. The commission will ultimately make recommendations to improve the private sector to protect consumer interests while markets remain fair and competitive.

The commission will specifically look into the increases in prices in private health care and determine cost drivers. According to its terms of reference, the commission will investigate issues including:

  • The fees charged to individuals on medical aid versus those who pay out of pocket;
  • The role of hospitals in influencing the demand for health goods and services; and
  • The relationship between hospitals and services such as ambulances, pathology, medicines and medical devices, and whether these relationships push up costs.

Documents outlining key dates, as well as the text of remarks made by Inquiry Chairperson Retired Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo and the resulting press release distributed at a 16 April stakeholder meeting can be downloaded below:

Private health care market inquiry – important dates

Remarks by Former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo

April 16 media release on private health care market inquiry

For more background, download a fact sheet on the inquiry.