Source: Health Market Inquiry

The Competition Commission has appointed retired Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo; Professor Sharon Fonn; Dr Ntuthuko Bhengu; Dr Lungiswa Nkonki and Cornelis (Cees) van Gent as chairman and panellists respectively, to lead the market inquiry into the private healthcare sector in South Africa.

The five-member panel will preside over the market inquiry, oversee public hearings, review submissions, draft the inquiry report and produce its final recommendations.

The panel will be supported by a team of investigators comprising the commission’s economists and lawyers and expert consultants. The team will be led by the inquiry director, Tamara Paremoer.

The inquiry will probe the private healthcare sector holistically to determine the factors that restrict, prevent or distort competition and underlie increases in private healthcare prices and expenditure in South Africa. The panel will gather evidence and insights into private healthcare through public hearings, reviews of secondary material, information requests, consultations and summons, as required. The market inquiry will be completed by 30 November 2015.

“This is undoubtedly the best panel we could come up with. It has the right balance of skills, varied and distinguished experiences as well as impeccable integrity. In short we have the right panel for this important task for the nation and we look forward to its recommendations.” said Acting Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele.

Follow this link to find out more about the panel members.

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