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FREE BLOG Can ESG transform capitalism – or is it just corporate guff?

ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance - is all the rage in corporate circles these days. Mention of ESG in S&P 500 quarterly earnings calls has increased almost a hundred fold since 2017. And it’s not just energy companies and other big polluters who are making attempts to incorporate it into their strategies. Since Covid, healthcare services companies are increasingly doing so as well. Many healthcare companies are choosing to focus particularly on the S part of ESG, emphasising their ability to improve access to healthcare and contribute to a healthier society.

Going international is hard for hospital groups

Vivalto Sante has taken the brave step of going international. That is a bold decision for a hospital business based in a single European country. Very few have succeeded in doing this and those that have are top players buying top players. We think of Fresenius Helios buying Quiron in Spain, Ramsay buying Generale de Santé in France and then Capio in Sweden, and Mediclinic buying Hirslanden in Switzerland. 

Elderly capacity nowhere near enough to meet growing dementia need

In this week's infographics, prepared by strategy consultancy L.E.K. for HBI 2022, we look at the massive growth that will be seen in the number of elderly people with dementia across major European countries by 2030 alongside elderly care capacity in those countries.

Twenty things that we learned at HBI 2022

HBI 2022, the year’s largest CxO-level for-profit healthcare services conference, took place in central London this week. The conference stages and the floor were awash with interesting ideas, staggering statistics, suggestions for building a better business and the buzz of new friendships being formed. As always, there were new things to learn. Here are twenty […]

FREE BLOG NHS bad, Bismarck good

There was profound pessimism about Westminster-style NHS healthcare systems on display at the European Healthcare Policy Group (EHPG). And even more pessimism about integrated healthcare, the latest buzzword from NHS England.

FREE BLOG Covid fears being replaced by familiar worries

As the threat posed by Covid largely recedes in most European countries and beyond, the collective attention of those working in healthcare services has returned to the familiar challenges which never went away, but were masked by the more immediate and headline-grabbing threat of the pandemic. Three immediately spring to mind following HBI 2022 this week: 1) Finances, and the threat of recession. 2) Where to find staff, and how to retain them. 3) The rise of the importance of the patient experience.

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