The past five years have been an intensive period of fact finding, data analyses, public hearings and data room exercises for the Competition Commission's health market inquiry panel, during which it worked through volumes of submissions and data. While not without problems along the way, the process in general was one of robust engagement with participation by all stakeholders.

Submissions were received from medical schemes, private hospitals, medical practitioners and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), and were published on the health market inquiry website. These submissions provided important insights into the process and the position of the various players. Anybody interested in gaining a thorough understanding of the private health market in SA would be well advised to study these submissions. Many stakeholders also attended the public hearings conducted by the panel over this period...

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