Collusion Among Health Insurers in Chile: Good, Bad, and Ugly Reasons in a Split Decision

Claudio Agostini, Eduardo Saavedra, Manuel Willington, Jul 14, 2010

In 2002 five of the largest Chilean private health insurance providers (“Isapres”) reduced the coverage they offered to their members without reducing the price of their plans. In other words, their members were given worse health plans than they previously had, but at the same price. Consequently, in 2005 the National Antitrust Prosecutor (Fiscalía Nacional Económica “FNE”) accused the five Isapres-Banmédica, Colmena, Consalud, ING, and Vida Tres-of collusion before the Chilean Competition Court (Tribunal de Defensa de la

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