- Southside Diagnostics Group Radiology
SummaryQueensland X-Ray (a wholly owned subsidiary of Sonic Healthcare Limited) proposes to acquire Southside Diagnostic Services Radiology
Market definitionThe market for the provision of diagnostic imaging services, excluding services to bulk billed public hospital in-patients, in the Sunshine Coast area.
Competition analysisThe Commission considered that the proposed acquisition would not appear to lead to a substantial lessening of competition in the market for the provision of diagnostic imaging services, excluding services to bulk billed public hospital in-patients, in the Sunshine Coast area due to:
" It appears that the barriers to entry are not high;
" It appears that there are a number of diagnostic service providers not presently competing in the relevant market which would be able to enter the relevant market easily;
" There are a number of available substitutes who would be able to expand existing operations ; and
" Countervailing power appears to be present among customers including private hospitals and health funds. Additionally, medical practitioners are able to refer patients to a competing diagnostic imaging provider to assist a new entrant.
Imports above 10%