Ophthalmologists are fined for illegal price fixing for self paying patientsBMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2718 (Published 07 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2718
- Clare Dyer
- The BMJ
The private hospital group Spire Healthcare and seven ophthalmologists have admitted taking part in an illegal price fixing agreement over the charges for an initial consultation for self paying patients at a hospital in the north of England.
Spire was fined £1.2m (€1.3m; $1.5m) and six of the consultants were fined sums between £642 and £2978 after an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The seventh, who blew the whistle on the deal, was not fined.
The fines reflect a discount of 20%, applied because all the parties …