Further to our February update (available here), the Competition Commission has granted the National Hospital Network (NHN) an exemption from the Competition Act, subject to NHN annually submitting relevant information to the Commission to enable it to monitor the impact of the measures taken to meet the objectives of the exempted conduct (i.e. whether the conduct, in fact, promotes the ability of small businesses and firms controlled by historically disadvantaged persons to become competitive). The NHN requested a five-year exemption, but has only been granted a four-year exemption. This is the third time an exemption has been granted to the NHN. The exemption primarily relates to tariff negotiations between the NHN, acting on behalf of its members, and individual medical schemes and medical scheme administrators.

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