Frances Autorité de la concurrence has cleared Elsan’s acquisition of Hexagone Santé Méditerranée subject to commitments, the regulator reported Monday (March 1).
Elsan operates 120 healthcare facilities (hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centres) across France offering medical, surgical and obstetric services, follow-up care and rehabilitation, and to a lesser extent, psychiatric care, home hospitalization and cosmetic surgery.
Hexagone Santé Méditerranée (HSM) consists of three healthcare facilities in the Gard département. The facilities mainly provide medical, surgical and obstetric services, as well as cosmetic surgery.
Since the rates for healthcare services paid by the French social security fund to facilities are set at the national level on a per act basis from which healthcare facilities cannot derogate, the merger is not likely to have any effects in this regard, reported the regulator in a statement.
The regulator concluded that following the transaction, Elsan will have significant positions in a number of medical specialities, particularly in the areas around HSM’s facilities.
However a partial transfer, which implies abandoning certain activities, would result in a reduction of the healthcare offering in the areas concerned (Nîmes), to the detriment of patients.
Full Content: Autorite de la Concurrence
Want more news? Subscribe to CPI’s free daily newsletter for more headlines and updates on antitrust developments around the world.