Description of Conduct

On 8 May 2024, St. Luke's Medical and Hospital Benefits Association (St Lukes) applied to the ACCC seeking authorisation to enter into and give effect to certain pricing arrangement provisions in agreements with dental practitioners via the St Lukes Gap Free Network. St Lukes is a Tasmanian private health insurer that intends to open its own dental practices between 2024 and 2026. The provisions it seeks authorisation for would require participating dental partner providers in the St Lukes Gap Free Network to adhere to maximum chargeable fees for particular services.

Authorisation is sought for a period of 10 years. St Lukes is also requesting interim authorisation to commence entering into agreements with potential dental providers.

St Lukes provided the ACCC with further information regarding its application on 13 June and 18 June 2024.

An indicative timeline for the ACCC’s assessment is set out below.

Indicative date

Stage in assessment process

8 May 2024

Lodgement of application and supporting submission.

14 June 2024

Public consultation process begins.

28 June 2024

Closing date for submissions from interested parties.

July 2024

Applicant responds to issues raised in the public consultation process.

By August 2024

Draft determination and interim authorisation decision.

August/September 2024

Public consultation on draft determination including any conference if called.

October 2024

Final determination.

Applicant(s)

  • ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL AND HOSPITAL BENEFITS ASSOCIATION

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000671-1