(11-11-2014, 05:53 AM)zonk Wrote: I would keep quiet about it, manufacturers might find a way stop their machines exported outside US
As for price fixing, ResMed been there and done that
I just want to say an absolute GREAT thanks to everyone in this forum. There is so much great info and help!!
BUT, at the risk of being *very* boring I did a little more digging at the ACCC for those interested (thanks for the link above). My understanding is that ResMed has a discretionary approval from the ACCC to "break the law" and engage in "exclusive dealing" (normally banned under s47 of the Competition and Consumer Act) ... See: ACCC registers for exclusive dealing notification: N94528 of 2010. It seems ResMed uses the combination of a local ACCC exemption and their overseas supply contracts, that prevent parallel imports, to price gouge Aussies.
For example, US company sites often say they don't international ship Philips or ResMed as a result of "manufacturer's policies". As mentioned about forum members "keeping quiet" ... I suspect an international supplier who allows parallel imports to Oz risks ResMed cutting off their supplies under contract law ... A very nasty threat to the supplier; and, a nasty anti-competitive threat to Australian consumers from ResMed and Philips.
Frankly, I think it is a deplorable situation for Aussie consumers, particularly for vital health and life support equipment that many less well-off people find very difficult to afford and suffer poor health for longer periods than they should.
The scheme seems to be dressed-up by ResMed and others, and agreed to by the ACCC, as being in the interests of local consumers because of the "face-to-face" service they get from "Authorised sellers" for home use medical equipment ... While the "logic" is clearly good enough to convince the regulator, I think that once you have a prescription - that should be enough, and you should be able to parallel import equipment...
I will now "keep quiet" and say no more...