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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 sparks nationalisation talks in Ireland

The Irish government is reportedly considering buying and nationalising some of the country's 19 private hospitals to help increase bed capacity in the public system. HBI talks to public and private hospital sources for and against it. 

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. 

M&A frenzy in French medicalised homecare sector

Italian industrial and medical gas group Sapio has entered France's medicalised homecare sector with the acquisition of one of the ten largest for-profit providers. It is the latest in a string of transactions in the space including by some left-field buyers. 

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.

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?

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