Hospital Mergers and the Public Interest: Recent Developments in the Netherlands

11 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2009

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M. F. M. Canoy

University of tilburg

Wolf Sauter

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Faculty of Law; Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC); Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM)

Date Written: September 9, 2009

Abstract

This paper examines the recent experience concerning hospital mergers in The Netherlands. A topic that is likely to be of broader relevance as healtcare reform in The Netherlands is relatively advanced. In particular we look at issues concerning market definition, vertical integration and the efficiency defense. The findings are that there appears to be a case for stricter, possibly sector specific, forms of merger control in a liberalisation context. Also there is a need for flanking measures – such as facilitating market entry. Finally public interest standards in healthcare such as quality, affordability and accessibility should be developed further to enable them to play a more meaningful role in merger control.

Keywords: hospital mergers, healthcare liberalisation and: merger control, hospital market definition, hospitals and: vertical integration, efficiency defense, healthcare: and The Netherlands

JEL Classification: I, I18, K, K21, K23, K32

Suggested Citation

Canoy, Marcel F. M. and Sauter, Wolf and Sauter, Wolf, Hospital Mergers and the Public Interest: Recent Developments in the Netherlands (September 9, 2009). TILEC Discussion Paper No. 2009-035, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1470695 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1470695

Marcel F. M. Canoy

University of tilburg ( email )

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Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

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Wolf Sauter (Contact Author)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Faculty of Law ( email )

Netherlands

Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) ( email )

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Netherlands

Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) ( email )

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