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Economy makes Fresenius breakup unlikely

Speculation persists over the break-up of bloated conglomerate Fresenius by new CEO Michael Sen, but HBI hears that looks increasingly unlikely given the current economic climate. So, what are Sen's options? HBI talks to a well-placed investment banker to find out more.

EDG sale “in early stages”

HBI understands that the sale of pan-European and dentist-led European Dental Group (EDG) has begun, and is in its very early stages. 

Helios makes digital-only presence in Kenya and Colombia

Curalie, the digital health subsidiary of German hospital group Fresenius Helios, has launched new digital-only operations in Kenya and Colombia. Experts tell HBI this is a good way for Helios to access new markets, but likely won’t lead to a hospital boom any time soon.

€8bn to save German hospitals, but no relief for labs

The German government has pledged an €8bn support package to help hospitals and care homes tackle inflation and rising energy costs, and promised to end Germany's flat-rate DRG tariff system, but other parts of the the country's under pressure health care sector - particularly smaller lab groups - are struggling to stay afloat.

Germany to reduce inpatients by a quarter, as hospitals face insolvency

German health minister Karl Lauterbach is to implement the country's first major health care reform in 20 years. From 2023, hospitals will aim to reduce spiralling costs and remedy the workforce crisis by shifting as much as 25% of their inpatient activity to outpatient and, eventually, closing some clinics and hospitals. HBI chats to German sources to find out more about what this means for for-profit operators.

Interview: Julien Samson, CEO, Groupe Maisons de Famille

Julien Samson, recently appointed CEO of the European care homes group Groupe Maisons de Famille, has some creative ideas on how to manage the business. In the face of industry-wide criticism and concern following hard-hitting headlines about rivals Orpea and Korian, he still believes the industry can find ways to cope with the persistent pandemic, the energy crisis and inflationary recession.

EDG for sale, while Dentex sells

As exclusively predicted by HBI at the start of August, pan-European and dentist-led European Dental Group (EDG) is up for sale.

Consultants ponder a three way marriage

WMC, the largest player in management consultancy in German hospitals has formed a partnership with healthcare specialists Mansfield in the UK and Antares in Spain. WMC is backed by Nordic Capital. So does this mean a merger?

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