A meeting was held between the Antitrust Authority, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance in reference to transferring Doctors between the HMO’s (Health Maintenance Organization)
​A meeting was held between the Antitrust Authority, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance in reference to transferring Doctors between the HMO’s
On Sunday morning, 30/7/17, a meeting was held between the Antitrust Authority and the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance.

At the meeting the Director General of the Ministry of Health presented the considerations and concerns that led the Ministry to intervene in the structure of competition in the health sector, and explained that this is a market with unique characteristics, in particular, because it is a regulated market and publicly funded.
The Antitrust Commissioner presented the Authority’s concerns in light of the format chosen by the Ministry of Health to intervene.

It was agreed as follows:

  • The Ministry of Health will maintain contact with each HMO separately regarding the regulation of doctors’ transffering between the HMO’s in a manner that best serves the public interest and in accordance with the temporary principles established by the Ministry. In the coming weeks, the Ministry of Health staff will continue to work regarding the regulation of doctors’ transferring rules between the HMO’s.
  • Needless to say, the HMO’s will not be allowed to agree on non-competition regarding the hiring the services of doctors. In Individual cases in which coordination between the HMO’s is in favor of advancing the public interest will be brought, in coordination with the relevant government officials, to the Commissioner for the purpose of granting a temporary and specific exemption in accordance with the degree of harm to competition.