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Law could open up opportunities in German respiratory care

A draft law is being discussed in the German Parliament which could change the way businesses provide oxygen therapy outside of hospital, by moving patients away from homecare ventilation and into specialised nursing homes for respiratory treatment. An investor talks to us about this potential opportunity.

VPS signs high flying deal with Etihad

UAE-based integrated healthcare provider VPS Healthcare has signed a deal with Etihad Airways which will provide its Saudi patients with reduced fares to some of its hospital hubs, in a move designed to further attract medical tourists.

Nordic fertility player partners with Dubai hospital

American Hospital Dubai has entered into a joint venture with Sweden-based Livio, the largest fertility operator in the Nordic region. American Hospital Dubai is a 254-bed, acute care, general medical/surgical private hospital with a multi-specialty physician group practice, designed to provide a high-quality, American standard of healthcare. The deal will see Livio, formerly "IVF Sverige", […]

Interview: Pierre-Emmanuel Bercegeay, CEO, Ouihelp

This week we interview the CEO of French domiciliary care start-up Ouihelp, who is sceptical about patient-facing digital innovation in the sector. His comments come at a time when digital solutions are being widely explored as the key to improving everything from patient engagement, service accessibility and preventive healthcare.

UnitedHealth replaces CEO of Brazilian operations

UnitedHealth Group (UHG), the largest private healthcare company in the world by revenue ($226bn) and owner of Brazilian insurer Amil, has replaced the CEO of its Brazilian operations with an executive from Amil itself. The change coincides with the group's Q3 results.

DomusVi appoints new CEO

Europe's third-largest nursing home group by revenue, DomusVi, has appointed a new CEO with no healthcare services management experience. He is the group's third CEO in the space of a year.

Interview: Abhay Soi, Chairman, Max Healthcare 

An outsider who doesn’t believe in “old answers” and wants to ‘’do things differently’’, Soi, 46, has big plans for the about-to-be-merged Max and Radiant businesses. The large Indian hospital chain is backed by private equity firm KKR-with 12 large and metro-based hospitals and 4 day-care centres, with 2019-20 expected sales of INR 4,200 crores (US$631m), making it second only to Apollo He talks exclusively to HBI about his plans and where he sees growth. 

Four Seasons puts pressure on landlords to reduce rent

Troubled UK nursing home operator Four Seasons failed to pay millions in rent to landlords this month, a deliberate strategy as it renegotiates the leases on some of its care homes. We speak to a market consultant, a landlord, and Four Seasons about this.

Interview: Artem Sirazutdinov, Sistema and Medsi

By any measure, Sistema backed Russian healthcare network Medsi is doing rather well. Its most recent financial reports saw H2 revenue growth of over 40%, and the company continues to grow geographically. HBI caught up with Artem Sirazutdinov, chairman of the Medsi Board of Directors and a managing partner at Sistema, to find out more.

Ameos HY results show competitive growth

German PE-backed psychiatry specialist Ameos has made a number of small acquisitions this year which have contributed to competitive growth rates for the company. Ameos has the largest focus on psychiatry and mental health among German hospital groups, with revenues in the sector at €426m in 2018, over half of total turnover. 

Interview: Dr Volker Wendel, Sanoptis CEO

How do you build a €100m European ophthalmology group without attracting headlines? HBI speaks to the CEO of the new kid on the block Sanoptis, which has a significant presence now in German and Switzerland, to find out why it has been deliberately operating under the radar – and how it’s managed to quietly build a €100m business in the space of a year.

Notre Dame Intermedica launches insurance for elderly and acquires rival

Brazilian insurer Grupo Notre Dame Intermedica (GNDI, or Intermedica) has launched a cut-price insurance plan for retirees, a move that puts it in competition with São Paulo based provider Prevent Senior. It has also acquired an insurer in the South. We discuss these developments with a local healthcare expert.

Korian plans €100m for integrated homecare business

Korian has launched an integrated homecare platform, Oriane, which links both its domiciliary and medicalised homecare services. The group plans to reach revenues of €100m in 2023 and eventually deploy its new offer across its European markets. HBI hears from Korian's CEO and the director of its domiciliary care services.

IDH to start mining lab data

Pan-African lab company Integrated Diagnostic Holdings (IDH) will soon start mining its database of 13m patients through a new subsidiary with the ultimate aim of layering extra services on top.

Big deal in Spanish healthcare property as REIT listing looms

Oaktree-backed Spanish healthcare property investor Healthcare Activos has sold 20 assets to company backed by Spanish investors and eyeing REIT listing in Spain in the next two years. We talk to Activos founder and minority shareholder in both companies, Jorge Guarner, about the deal and the Spanish market.
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