Competition Bureau sets scope for digital health care market study

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Study to examine existing or potential impediments to innovation and choice, and possible opportunities for change

April 8, 2021 – GATINEAU, QC – Competition Bureau

Today the Competition Bureau issued a market study notice in relation to its ongoing study of the health care sector. The notice presents the three broad topics of study: data and information, products and services and health care providers.

The topics and questions were developed based on feedback received from stakeholders and Canadians as part of the Bureau’s 2020 public consultation and digital health services survey.

Market studies allow the Bureau to assess a sector from a competition perspective to determine whether changes to rules can foster new and more efficient ways of delivering products and services. The Bureau has launched the study to gain a better understanding of the competitive dynamics of the health care sector. Ultimately, the study will allow the Bureau to make recommendations to decision-makers on how to support digital health care in Canada through pro‑competitive rules.

Those with an interest in the Canadian health care sector are invited to contribute to the study by providing submissions related to the topics and research questions. More detailed information about the study and on how to get involved are included in the market study notice.

By undertaking a market study in the health care sector, the Bureau has an opportunity to work with decision-makers to address existing or potential impediments to innovation and choice, and highlight possible opportunities for change, in an area that is of the utmost importance to Canadians. 

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