During the pandemic governments across Europe prioritised their hospital and national health services at the expense of the elder care sector. Will elderly care ever get the attention - and funding - it deserves?
Consumer choice, one of the two major bedrocks of modern free-market capitalism (the other being free enterprise), is considered essential in most sectors of the economy: without it there is little incentive for suppliers to make improvements and compete with each other in either quality or cost effectiveness and no scope for consumers to select products and services that best suit their own specific desires and needs.
Many people thought that the pandemic would delay private equity exit windows by at least another year, pushing some cycles out as far as six years. But with groups like Almaviva and Lifebrain - bolstered by the pandemic and protected by governments - we're suddenly seeing a lot more investors sell out at three.
The UK government's consultation on mandatory vaccination for social care staff has finally reported that a “no jab, no job” policy will soon be in place. Is this a necessary step to restore confidence in a sector badly damaged by Covid or a major risk to staffing in a sector that has always struggled with recruitment and retention?
Health and safety, absence management, employee surveys .. at first glance occupational healthcare is an unimportant line of business. That is until an acquisition can add hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions, of new patients to a healthcare operator's books.
Babylon Health's SPAC merger story shows how many of the large providers are no longer providing just software for online consultation tools. The most successful in the sector are no longer looking just to telehealth but to population health management, better workflows and triage, and well beyond.
If there were enough supply, assisted living in Europe would be massive. But there isn't, and it isn't. but there are plenty of opportunities as our latest HBI Intelligence report, which covers the sector across eight countries, shows.