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. Medicals tourists will only be able to arrive by air […]

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?

Post-COVID care providers see effect of GCC diabetes crisis

A GCC-based post-acute and long-term care provider tells HBI about the plethora of rehabilitation needs his clinic is seeing amongst COVID-19 survivors. The region has a high rate of type 2 diabetes, the key pre-existing condition that predisposes people to a bad COVID-19 infection.

COVID impact less severe than expected for cosmetic group

HBI talks to Tony Veverka, CEO of Transform Hospital Group, about the groups experience of reopening its core cosmetic business after supporting the NHS though COVID since the start of April, the affect on its revenue, and his hope a new understanding might be reached with the NHS.

German and Dutch dentists struggle to make up COVID losses

Dentists in Germany and the Netherlands are playing post-COVID closure catchup as businesses have reopened after the height of the pandemic. One DACH-based operator tells us it may be harder to make up lost ground in these countries than elsewhere.

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