Lockdown and Zoom create cosmetic boom

Demand for aesthetic surgical procedures and cosmetic dentistry is on the rise, fuelled by both a Zoom meeting culture where everyone is aware of their appearance on camera, and the lockdown enabling otherwise undisguisable procedures to remain hidden during recovery.

Denmark tenders €200m lab services for COVID-19

The Danish regions want to spend just over €201m on collection and analysis services for COVID-19 PCR and antigen tests. This is more than 13x what the market's largest players - Unilabs and Synlab - earnt in the market in 2019.

HBI 2020: The future of domiciliary homecare – meeting an insatiable demand

In many markets there is a growing, perhaps even an insatiable demand for unskilled homecare. Is it a sector where it is possible to make money, and how? Is reimbursement sufficient? How do you attract and retain staff? And what effect is COVID having on the market? An expert panel at HBI 2020 considered all this, together with the biggest risks, and best opportunities, as we all dare to look forward to a more normal life in 2021.

HBI 2020: Investor interest in hospitals increases while outpatient valuations drop

Investors from varied backgrounds - infrastructure, private equity, and REIT, are all bullish about the prospects for healthcare investment in 2021, according to a panel of experts speaking at the HBI 2020 European Investment Panel discussion. But the pandemic may have 'readjusted the relative value discussion across sectors' according to one private equity investor.

HBI 2020: Medtech and services – new partnerships and opportunities

The relationship between medtech and its customers is changing. No longer is medtech wheeled out for a one-off purchase. Long-term partnerships are being built, and patients and providers are benefitting. An expert panel at HBI 2020 explored the burgeoning relationship between medtech and services, and some of the challenges this presented.

HBI 2020: Care homes may never return to pre-COVID occupancy

The COVID-19 pandemic is driving regulatory changes in the care home sector across western Europe, said speakers on the 'Elderly Care: How big is the opportunity?' panel at HBI 2020. One said: "Do not assume you will ever see a return to pre-COVID levels of occupancy."

CEE – a land of opportunity?

With 125 million people - 80 million of whom live in the big four (Poland, Romania, Czechia and Hungary) - CEE is a large and diverse market. But is it a tempting one? HBI-365 members heard an expert panel in our CEE State of the Regions broadcast suggest that while COVID is creating huge problems across the world, it is also creating opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe.

DACH operators should feel positive about 2021

Despite one of the panellists at HBI's DACH-State of the Regions broadcast last week labelling 2020 "the wildest year in recent history in the healthcare sector", there are lots of reasons to feel positive about Europe's German-speaking countries as we look towards the new year.

Operators in Russia and ex-CIS hit hard by COVID

State financing has seen little growth in expenditure in Russia over the last couple of years, while former CIS countries are struggling to fund robust healthcare systems. Despite this, panellists at HBI's Russia and Former CIS - State of the Regions discussion last week found some reasons to be positive.

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