PRESS RELEASE – 97th SESSION OF THE COUNCIL OF COMPETITION OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

97th session of the Council of Competition of Bosnia and Herzegovina was held in Sarajevo on 9th October 2014 with the following adopted:

Decision on Request of the Cantonal Pharmaceutical Association of Zenica-Doboj Canton, Zenica against Health Insurance and Reinsurance Institute of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo and Health Insurance Institute of Zenica-Doboj Canton, Zenica, in order to establish the existence of an agreement prohibited by Article 4 paragraph (1) item e ) of the Competition Act.

Analyzing relevant data collected during the procedure, Council of Competition established that Article 13 of the Contract Model as the part of a unified methodology, specifying criteria and standards for the conclusion of agreements between the competent Institute of health insurance and health care institutions, is a violation of Article 4 paragraph (1 ) item e) of the Competition Act.

On the basis of established facts, Council of Competition has concluded that the provision of the Contract Model relating to the application of the Collective Agreement and the amount of contributions for compulsory health insurance for all employees, by their nature, have no connection with the subject of the contract model, and thus constitute a prohibited agreement within the meaning of Article 4 paragraph (1) item e) of the Act.

Furthermore,analyzing relevant data collected during the procedure, Council of Competition established that Health Insurance Institute of Zenica-Doboj Canton, through its actions, did not conclude a prohibited agreement under Article 4, paragraph (1), item b) of the Act, that the Decision on Amendments to the Decision on remuneration to the contractual pharmacies of the Health insurance Institute of Zenica-Doboj Canton does not constitute a prohibited agreement under Article 4, paragraph (1), item b of the Act.

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