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Is the perception of risk in Russia is too dramatic?

In the last ten years, Russia has lept from 120th on the World Bank’s ‘ease of doing business’ scale to 31st, beating China, India and Turkey. Are worries about risk now over-inflated? Panellists at HBI 2019’s session on Russia and the CIS discuss.

Everything digital at HBI 2019

If there was one overriding theme to come out of HBI 2019, it is that the future is digital - and in some cases, it's here. Ten per cent of Finland's population is registered to use Mehilainen's digital healthcare app, patients make 25k digital healthcare visits every month in Sweden, and 90% of the world's healthcare data has been created in the past two years.

Schoen opens its first outpatient mental health facility in London

German hospital group Schoen Kliniken has opened its first outpatient mental health facility in London, following the opening of its specialist orthopaedic clinic last summer and the acquisition of a non-profit mental health organisation in York earlier this year. We speak to the group's executive director about plans to expand its specialist psychiatric care in the UK.

“The future of hospitals is not hospitals”

CEOs and executives of four of EMEA's eight largest private hospital groups - including three of the top four - and India's most ambitious consolidator discussed the prospects of the hospital sector internationally at HBI 2019 - highlighting the differences in their approaches to growth.

The move towards quality (Plenary, HBI 2019)

Executives from Mckinsey, UnitedHealth, Siemens and a Dutch health insurer opened up HBI 2019 with a broad discussion on the move to quality payments and the role of for-profits in healthcare. 

How to rationalise and transform healthcare

How do you rationalise healthcare systems, get them to focus on prevention, and reduce wastage? Mckinsey's Senior Partner Penny Dash gave a global overview while major policymakers from the UK, French and Dutch public health systems discussed respective attempts, successes and challenges at HBI Policy Summit's Transformation session.

New Russian law opens domiciliary care market

A new taxation law being piloted in and around Moscow City has created a market for domiciliary care services offered by self-employed professionals. We speak to Russian nursing home provider Senior Group, which is launching a new private pay service off the back of this change.

Wafer-thin health care service profits at Bupa

Why did Bupa, the international health insurer which is also one of the largest health care service players outside of the USA, announce its 2018 results so quietly that HBI isn't aware of any UK daily reporting them this year? The figures show that Bupa's £3.37bn of revenue from nursing homes, hospitals, dentistry and primary care across a dozen countries, barely made money. Could this be down to its interesting governance structure?

Could the Netherlands ever de-privatise healthcare?

Some insurers and operators in the country feel that the position of private companies is increasingly under threat – and ultimately that the Dutch system might even be de-privatised. How realistic is this? We speak to a Dutch insurer to find out more.

Cerba/Lancet JV to expand

Cerba is set to expand its JV with pan-African lab network Lancet into more French-speaking countries.

Russian IVF group’s international plans points to tough home market

The general director of one of Russia's largest IVF groups, Ava-Peter, told HBI 2019 delegates that the company has plans to enter the Uzbekistani market. The announcement points to just how tough the situation has become for private IVF operators in Russia in recent years.

Median process gets put back “3-4 years”

The sale of German rehabilitation giant Median Kliniken by owners Waterland may have been put back, HBI hears, though sources close to the company suggest otherwise.

NHS trust in talks for Gulf PPP

A source exclusively tells HBI that an NHS Trust specialising in psychiatry and mental health plans to export its brand of specialist clinics to the GCC.

Vivisol acquires in Germany and Brazil

Italian medicalised homecare group Vivisol has acquired two companies in Germany and three in Brazil. We spoke to the vice president of Western European operations at HBI 2019.

European Medical Center IPO still going ahead

Moscow hospital group European Medical Center (EMC) still plans to IPO in around a year and is likely to list more than competitor MD Medical's 35% free float, we are told, while minority owner Baring Vostok will not completely exit.

San Donato set to move into Russia

Italy's largest hospital group is "in the middle of acquiring" a hospital-based asset in the east of Russia - its first acquisition in the country.

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