The Competition Council publishes its opinion on the market for medical care provided by private clinics

The Competition Council has just published its opinion on the competitive functioning of the market for medical care provided by private clinics and similar establishments in Morocco.

“By decision no. 2022-D-18 of March 14, 2022, the Competition Council took action on its own initiative for an opinion with a view to studying and examining the competitive functioning of the market for medical care provided by clinics institutions and similar establishments in Morocco »reads the general introduction to this review.

This decision comes in the light of the implementation of major reforms relating to the health sector in Morocco, in a context of generalization of the coverage of Compulsory Health Insurance by the end of 2022, specifies the same source. As a reminder, Morocco has worked over the past decades to reform its health sector, in particular with the establishment of basic medical coverage schemes, as evidenced by the introduction in 2005 of the Compulsory Health Insurance (AMO). and the generalization of the Medical Assistance Scheme (RAMED) in 2012.

The Competition Council proposes, in this context, to study the dynamics experienced by this market and its impact on competition. Consequently, the legislative and regulatory framework governing it will be analyzed, the structure of the market presented, in particular supply, demand and the level of concentration, the competitive functioning of the said market and its regulation and the analysis of a sample of international experiences in the field of medical care markets provided by private establishments.

Finally, based on the diagnosis made and the competitive constraints identified, recommendations are proposed with a view to stimulating competition in this market and promoting its growth, thus enabling this sector to fully play its role in strengthening healthcare capacities. of our country, which have become one of the imperative conditions for its economic emergence.

As part of the investigation of this opinion, the Competition Council commissioned a research firm to conduct a field survey of a sample of 30 private clinics and 10 similar establishments, spread over the entire National territory.

At the same time, in addition to a documentary study, a series of hearings was conducted with stakeholders, indicates the council.

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