Peter Lackner is a board member at Vienna-based pan-European general insurer Uniqa International. Uniqa has over half the €1.7bn Austrian 2011 private medical insurance (PMI) market, with €814m of premiums written in 2011. The company sells PMI in nine of its 16 East European operations. It also owns PremiQaMed, the largest private hospital chain in Austria. We talk with Lackner about the prospects for PMI in the region and Uniqa's country-by-country performance.