Techniques for defining relevant markets and analysing competition in the South African private hospital sector

The Competition Commission (‘CC’), in the draft Statement of Issues (published 30 May 2014) for the ongoing inquiry into the private healthcare sector of South Africa, has invited stakeholders to provide submissions on the appropriate techniques to be used for market definition and analysis in the context of the inquiry. This note aims to assist in this regard, specifically with reference to market definition for private hospitals. Econex’s work in this area may provide valuable insight into the theoretical and practical issues to be considered.