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Netherlands: Price ceiling prevents cost rises in three approved hospital merger deals

 |  December 3, 2012

Three hospitals in three regions of the Netherlands have been approved by the Netherlands Competition Authority to go ahead with their perspective mergers while simultaneously agreeing to self-impose a price ceiling. The maximum prices allowed at the merged hospitals are also to be annually indexed. According to the NMa, it is the job of the health insurer to determine the price-quality ratio for the hospitals. The NMa said in a statement that the body is confident the pricing can be adequately determined by the insurers, as they have “already demonstrated” the ability to do so.

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