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The Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) will critically examine plans for mega-mergers in the German hospital market. „We are looking into this area very carefully,“ Bundeskartellamt President Andreas Mundt said Monday evening in Essen. (Quote translated by

Hospitals are also, according to the Bonn competition authority, considered ‚companies‘ despite government planning and financing. The Authority will consider mergers in this area, regardless of whether the support of the hospitals are organized by churches, municipal or privately, Mundt said.

Commentary: The control of the Federal Cartel Office in the hospital market has relevance to manufacturers and suppliers in the home care sector, including various medical supply distributors and chains, in relation to transition management. As part of a merger of two hospitals, the Cartel Office will be involved in the negotiations with the relevant decision-makers in the hospital to monitor the transfer of importance. A critical view of the Competition Authority on major mergers could highlight the slow pace of consolidation in the hospital market.

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