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FREE BLOG 2020: It was all about the C words

There was a lot of optimism around at the start of 2020. Operators and investors we spoke to had a 'C' word on their lips. That word was consolidation. Whether it was the enticing prospect of consolidating the €26bn dental market, or IPOing the world's most internationally diversified for-profit service operators, HBI's digital pages were brimming with plans. Another 'C' word, sadly, had a different idea.

FREE BLOG Health care M&A in 2021 – anyone’s guess

These are strange times. Two of the largest players in Europe are likely to IPO before the end of 2020. Meanwhile, advisers expect secondary sales to other funds run by the same PE house to account for up to half all sales.

FREE BLOG Telehealth: The best is yet to come but should platforms be owned by the state?

The use of telehealth peaked with the pandemic and is now tailing off across most of Europe. Most of the medical profession got stuck using 'primitive telehealth' like Skype so didn't see its full productivity potential. Austria has neglected the market providers and started to build its own - and there's a very strong argument for others to follow suit.

FREE BLOG Grim pandemic outlook sees homecare business booming

This is an auspicious time for the medicalised homecare sector, albeit for a tragic reason. Providers of drugs, medical equipment such as oxygen, and healthcare services to the patient's home see a COVID-fuelled boost in demand over  the next few years.

FREE BLOG You cannot have strong healthcare and a bad economy

The solution to Africa's healthcare problems - cruelly highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic - lie not just in improving its healthcare infrastructure, but on improving the continent's financial independence, and weaning it off its outside relationship. You can't easily have strong healthcare and a bad economy.

FREE BLOG For-profit university hospitals: trophy assets or businesses?

Running a university hospital was recently described as a 'dream' of one hospital-owning billionaire in Europe. But the available data shows most such ventures in Europe are loss-making. So are they little more than a trophy asset for entrepreneurs - or a worthy attempt to give something back to the community for little to no (financial) reward? 

FREE BLOG Is private equity finished with Finland?

This week Finland's competition authority has opposed CVC-backed Mehilainen's proposed takeover of Pihlajalinna saying that the group would hold at least a third of the private market. With so much consolidation, coupled with the effective end of SOTE reforms, we're unlikely to see any more private equity deals go down in the sector. 

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