DIY: The key to building a dental network in India

If you’re building a dental network and can’t find the infrastructure you need, build it yourself. That’s the view of Louis Shakinovsky, chairman and co-founder at Global Dental Services, which as Clove Dental runs India’s biggest dental group. HBI caught up with him last week to find out more.

COVID widens fault line between outsourcing and private pay in Hungary

Hungary's private pay-focused operators should maintain double-digit growth in 2020 despite COVID-19 while those reliant on public outsourcing face an uncertain future, the chairman of the fourth-largest private acute care provider tells HBI. Affidea just lost a large outsourcing contract while a billionaire and venture capital funds have recently entered the market.

Helios Q2 shows grudging German ramp-up and Colombian crash

Second-quarter results for Europe's largest hospital operator Fresenius Helios's parent company confirm anecdotal evidence that Germany's hospitals are taking longer to return to 2019 levels of activity than other countries'. A closer look at the numbers also shows revenue crashing at its recently-acquired Colombian hospitals as the country is battered by COVID-19.

Thailand starts to welcome back medical tourists

Thailand's government has re-opened the country for medical tourists by launching a new special visa that at least 1,700 people have already applied for. The news will be welcome for major medical tourism operators like Bumrungrad whose shares are down 33% on a like-for-like basis.

Jose de Mello Saude/CUF revises 2020 forecast as COVID recovery quickens

Portugal's largest hospital operator Jose de Mello Saude, now CUF, has revised earlier full-year revenue forecasts upwards as it sees a stronger post-COVID recovery than expected, CFO Guilherme Magalhães tells HBI. He discusses the pandemic's impact on AVLOS, digital penetration and the market's medium-term outlook, as well as it's recent name change and the future of PPPs in Portugal.

What does a good post-COVID outpatient clinic look like?

Outpatient activity all but came to a standstill as the COVID crisis tightened its grip. A panel of experts comprising Richard Banks, Chief Strategy Officer at international fertility player Virtus Health, Martin Bundschu, Director at Germany-based optical specialist Smile Eyes, former Colosseum Dental CEO Tomas Aubell, and L.E.K. Consulting's global co-head of healthcare Ben Faircloth joined an HBI-365 audience last week to discuss what a good outpatient clinic post-COVID might look like, and how markets have been affected.

Adding value post-COVID – where are the easy wins?

How do you add value to a business in a post COVID world - and are there any easy wins for new acquisitions? On Wednesday last week, an online audience heard HBI365's lively Q&A panel with with Ameos CEO Dr Axel Paeger, McKinsey partner Sebastian Sieler, and L Catterton managing partner Chinta Bhagat.

West Europe’s for-profit hospitals ramp up as financial protections phased out

For-profit hospitals across West Europe are ramping up activity as governmental financial protections are slowly phased out, but it's taking much longer than in outpatient facilities and varies wildly from country to country. Why? HBI looks at the situation in Germany, France, Switzerland, the UK and Ireland.

Interview: André Schmidt, CEO, Median Kliniken

Dr Schmidt gives HBI the inside view of Germany's €9-10bn rehabilitation sector in the pandemic months, from how activity dropped to what financial support it got, to its medium-term outlook. Are digital therapeutics apps like Kaia Health, which recently raised $26m, a threat?

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