The Treaty Provisions on Competition and Health Care

  • Johan W. van de Gronden
Part of the Legal Issues of Services of General Interest book series (LEGAL)


A couple of years ago the Dutch Ministry of Health Care organised an international workshop on competition law in health care. At the end of this workshop, one of the speakers, a specialist in health care issues, compared competition law with a ‘fat cat’. The health care sector has had a difficult time in welcoming competition law because the ‘fat cat’ seemed to be mainly interested in competition issues and not in the special features of health care. But after a certain elapse of time the sector has developed some skills to cope with the presence of this cat and has even managed to like it from time to time, as this ‘fat cat’ is capable of enhancing efficiency.


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© T.M.C.ASSER PRESS and the author 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawRadbouw UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands

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