Healthcare sector inquiry date extended

2015-10-16 20:33
(Bilal Hussein, AP)

(Bilal Hussein, AP)

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Johannesburg – The Competition Commission's inquiry into the private healthcare sector has been extended to December next year.

The completion date was initially set for November 30 this year, according to a notice published in Friday's Government Gazette.

The date was extended due to the extent of the inquiry.

The inquiry started on January 6 2014. The commission said it had reason to believe there were factors preventing, distorting, or restricting competition in the sector. It was hoped the inquiry would help promote competition.

The proposed date for the start of public hearings was February 1 2016. It was expected that they would be concluded by May 31, according to a revised timetable published on the commission's website.

Prices in the healthcare sector were at levels that only a minority of the population could afford and prices had been rising at rates greater than headline inflation, according to the inquiry's terms of reference. 

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