COVID-19

 

Even prenatal admissions are down in Kenya

Small and medium healthcare facilities across Sub-Sarahan Africa are facing liquidation with Africa Healthcare Federation reporting an average 40% revenue drop in March. Even the maternity sector, which has held steady in Europe, has seen fewer admissions in Kenya.

Spanish dentistry re-opens but 20% contraction expected

Spain's dental clinics are re-opening with infection control protocols after being largely closed for months, but the market is expected to shrink by 20% in 2020. On top of the dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest players have been busy re-shuffling their boards and striking agreements with creditors. 

Authorities order B2C retailers to halt antibody test sales

Regulatory body Public Health England (PHE) has ordered telehealth player Babylon to stop selling B2C antibody tests until it has established their accuracy. Supplier Abbott has already said that the test is not suitable for home sample collection but players are still scrambling to sell in what's likely to be a multi-billion market.

Pandemic could accelerate push to home dialysis

COVID-19 could accelerate the push towards home haemodialysis and increased operator costs are unlikely to be reflected in revised tariffs, Fresenius Medical Care's global head of M&A Dr Wolfgang Hofmann tells HBI. 

Using remote solutions to monitor COVID-19 patients

Remote care provider Dignio has used its solution normally reserved for elderly and chronic management to track COVID-19 patients outside hospital. HBI speaks to the company's CEO and UK manager about how it adapted there and in Norway.

Many CEE markets to crash as remittances drop

Private healthcare markets in CEE/Southeast Europe are set to crash this year due to economic contractions at home and abroad, with many countries highly reliant on remittance money from abroad.

Netcare reveals 45% revenue drop for April

Netcare, one of South Africa's 'Big Three' private hospital groups, says that April revenues dropped 45% due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is one of the first financial disclosures by a listed hospital group for a full month of national lockdown. 

New players threaten to disrupt lab market

Will Covid-19 be a game changer for the lab sector? The prospect of big government contracts and a massive, unserved B2C market is drawing new players into the diagnostic lab sector. Could they have a permanent impact?

Patients eager to resume private treatment post-lockdown

The vast majority of private healthcare consumers want to resume treatment once movement restrictions are lifted, but operators may need to adhere to strict safety measures to get patients through the door according to a new patient survey. But a major global private medical insurer told HBI that global demand might take over a year to fully return. 

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