Description of Conduct

On 24 December 2020, Honeysuckle Health Pty Ltd (HH) and nib health funds ltd (together, the Applicants) sought authorisation for 10 years for HH to form and operate a buying group to collectively negotiate and administer contracts with healthcare providers (including hospitals, medical specialists, general practitioners and allied health professionals) on behalf of buying group participants. HH buying group participants include private health insurers, international medical and travel insurance companies, government and semi-government payers of health care services, and any other payer of health services as notified by HH to the ACCC.

HH is an equal joint venture between nib health funds ltd and Cigna Corporation, a global health services company.

The ACCC received several revised versions of the application for authorisation.

On 21 May 2021, the ACCC released its draft determination, proposing to grant authorisation with a condition for 5 years.

On 16 June 2021, the date by which the ACCC must make a final determination was extended until 1 October 2021.

On 8 July 2021, the ACCC held a Pre-Decision Conference in relation to the draft determination.

On 21 September 2021, the ACCC issued a final determination granting authorisation until 13 October 2026 with a condition that the Applicants must not supply services to Medibank, Bupa, HCF and HBF in Western Australia.

The final determination, draft determination, public submissions a copy of the application for authorisation and copies of the revised applications are available below.

An indicative timetable is set out below for your information.

Indicative date 

Stage in assessment process 

24 December 2020 

Lodgement of application and supporting submission. 

12 January 2021 

Public consultation process begins. 

5 February 2021

Closing date for submissions from interested parties.

February 2021

Applicants respond to issues raised in submissions.

21 May 2021 

Draft determination. 

May/June 2021

Public consultation on draft determination.

8 July 2021

Pre-Decision Conference held. 

21 September 2021

Final determination.


  • Honeysuckle Health Pty Ltd
  • nib health funds limited

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000542-1

ACCC correspondence

Submissions - before draft decision

Document title Date
Applicant's response to ACCC request for information
Applicant's response to AHSA submission
Australian Health Service Alliance
Late submission by Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Late submission by Healthscope
Applicants - response to interested parties submissions (part 2)
Late submission by Members Health
Applicants - response to interested parties submissions (part 1)
Australian Society of Ophthalmologists
Council of Procedural Specialists
Spine Society of Australia
Australian Private Hospitals Association
Medical Surgical Assistants Society of Australia
Australian Health Service Alliance
Margaret Faux
Adventist HealthCare Limited
Australian Society of Anaesthetists
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Mater Health
Catholic Health Australia
Australian Dental Association
Optometry Australia
Australian Medical Association
Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand
Occupational Therapy Australia
Australian Orthopaedic Association
Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association
Day Hospitals Australia
Private Healthcare Australia Limited
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Submissions - after draft decision

Document title Date
Karen and Graham Taylor – not taken into account
National Association of Practising Psychiatrists – not taken into account
Applicants' response to interested party submissions part 2
Applicant's response to interested party submissions
Interested party submissions received 15 June 2021
Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA)
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Interested party submission received 14 June 2021
Australian Society of Ophthalmologists (ASO)
Interested party submissions received 13 June 2021
Interested party submissions received 12 June 2021
Interested party submissions received 11 June 2021
Australian Society of Anaesthetists
Australian Private Hospitals Association
Catholic Health Australia
Australian Dental Association
Australian Doctors Federation
Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand
Psychiatrists for Racial Equity in the Mental Health of Australians (PREMHA)
Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA)
Dr Melinda Hill & Ors
Department of Anaesthesia & Pain Medicine St John of God Hospital, Perth WA
Margaret Faux
Interested party submissions received 10 June 2021
Spine Society of Australia
Dr Amy Pun
A/Prof Joanne Rimmer
Emily Perry
Dr Gavin Doolan
Dr Sharon Ong
Dr Barbara Woodhouse
Dr Kere Kobayashi
Dr Ned Kinnear
Michael Farrell
Australian and New Zealand Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (ANZAOMS)
Adventist HealthCare Limited
Gabriel Hicks
Dr Angie Bruce
Mark Carmichael
Dr Gavin Sullivan
Dr June Choo
Dr Amanda Baric
Dr Nadine de Alwis
Dr Edward Smith
Dr Gary Swift
Greg Cook
Paul Lambert
Alfred Malaga
Andrew Miller
Dr Phillip Morrissey
Noor Gabrial
Dr Mike Soares
Dr Claire Iseli
Dr Alexander Linden Clarke
Dr Anand Rajan
Dr Laurence Poon
Michelle Horne
Philip Michael
Dr David M. Dickison
Dr Buddhini Abeysiri
Dr Neil Vanza
Ken Wong
Nic Taylor
Dr David Morgan
Day Hospitals Australia
Kim Gray
Dr Jonathan Livesey
Dr Jacob Boon
Josh Lau
Dr Lucy Goold
Jolyn McKenzie
Paul Garson
Eliza Tweddle
Dr Yi Chen Zhao
Dr William Lee
Dr Vincent Tan
Dr Shannon Withers
Dr James Hosking
Dr Halina Mann
Dr Fiona Hill
Dr Brett Pearce
Dr Babak Amin
Brian Soares
Kate Herbert
Eng Lilian Ooi
Brendan Flanagan
Duncan MacWalter
Dr Chris Jones
Dr James English
Dr Phil Holz
Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (ASOHNS)
Angelique Comber
Dr Sang-Yee Lee
Abi Fynn
Dr Adrian Sultana
Dr Dinushka Kariyawasam
Lan- Hoa Le
Dr Anthony McGirr
Council of Procedural Specialists
Dr Gloria Seah
Frances Wilmore
Simone Bennett
Dr Dennis Teh
Dr Claudia Marck
National Association of Practising Psychiatrists
Dr Michael Wirth
Jo Reynolds
Medical Surgical Assistants Society of Australia
Dr Tareq Batanony
Dr Shanon Jarvis
Dr Anthony Wan
Dr Neil Dooney
Australian Pain Society
Dr Janette Wright
Dr Eric Levi
Kevin Parry
Dr Anna Loughnan
Alison Sim
Dr Tom Vaughan
Dr Naratota H P Kumarasinghe
Australian Medical Association
Dr Judith Kermode
Lindsay Broersma
Dr Lakmini De Silva
Dr Shirley Prager
Dr Serge Kaplanian
Dr Jaclyn Soo
Dr Mal Tyers
Dr Indunil Kumarasinghe
Dr Ali Shangarffam
Dr Tom Callaghan
Dr Greg Emery
Patrick See
Dr Sally Lacey
Dr Brett McGuirk
David Syme
Ruja Varon
James Leong
Reuben van Bemmel
Dr Glen Cook
Dr Lydia Twining
William Blake
Dr Kim Pham
Nathan McCubbery
Isaac Cheung
Dr Kar-Peng Ng
Dr James Griffiths
Dr Susan O’Regan
Dr David Brown
Interventional Radiology Society of Australasia Inc (IRSA)
Dr Jeffrey L Singer
Hamish Meares
Valerie Quah
Helen Brooksbank
Dr Jonathan Hiller
Dr Paul Kwei
Dr Jonathan Golshevsky
Philippe Wolanski
Dr Charlie (Yan) Ho
Charles Hackman
Dr Daniel Shorter
National Association of Specialist Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (NASOG)
Australian and New Zealand Society for Vascular Surgery
Deidre Sun
Warwick Wright
Bronwyn Hellings
Liz Hall-Downs
Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons
Dr Andy Stamatiou
Dr Benjamin Hope
Dr Chelsea Jones
Marianne Kirrane
Dr Kate Drummond
Dr Paloma van Zyl
Dr Debbie-Ann Gillon
Dr Bruce Hammonds
Dr Melanie Wright
Dr Nicola Fitzgerald
Dr Cathy Brooksbank
Shiba Sinha
Dr Madeline Lim
Oleg Korenevski and Tricia Walton
Dr Georgina Cameron
Dr Janice Faye Sheringham
Dr Susan Mathers
Dr Asha Nicholson
Dr Alanna Rottler
Dr Melissa Lim
Dr Elena Jackson
Dr Trista Valk
Dr Emma McCormack
Australian Hand Surgery Society
Anthony Berger
Dr Will Alexander
John Crock
Michael Lo
Dr David Slattery
Dr David Dilley
George Pratt
Dr Alex Nicholls
A/Prof Michael Leung
Dr Sharon Chu
Dr David Graham
Dr H.G. Falkiner
National Association of Practising Psychiatrists
Margaret Philp
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