Health sector fact sheets

The health series of fact sheets is designed to help health professionals work within competition and consumer laws.

Note: New Zealand credit law has changed. This information relates to contracts entered into before 6 June 2015. We are progressively updating our guidance to reflect these changes.

The Commission wants health professionals to better understand how competition and consumer laws apply to them. We have developed this series of fact sheets to provide targeted guidance to health professionals on topics specifically relevant to the health sector.

Who should read the health series fact sheets?

Our health series fact sheets are written for all health professionals. They are particularly relevant to those in business or practising on their own account. Health sector managers and employees should also be aware of how competition and consumer laws apply to the sector.

How competition and consumer laws apply to the health sector

Whether you are operating as a company, partnership, or sole practitioner, as a registered or an unregistered health professional, competition and consumer laws apply to you in the same way they apply to any other business.

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Offering credit to patients

This fact sheet is designed to help health professionals who offer credit to their patients understand what they need to know about the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act.

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Powerful purchasers

This fact sheet explains how the rules in the Commerce Act against fixing prices, and other anti-competitive agreements and behaviours, apply to powerful purchasers of goods and services.

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Professional bodies

This fact sheet is designed to help members, officers and employees of professional health bodies understand how the Commerce Act applies to them so they can work together within the law.

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Promoting your services

This fact sheet is designed to help health professionals understand what they need to know about the Fair Trading Act when they are promoting their services.

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Setting your fees

This fact sheet is designed to help health professionals understand when and how setting their fees may raise concerns under the Commerce Act.

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