Municipality-owned French care homes are in crisis. Tired, old buildings, with low tariffs and now, following Covid, far lower occupancy rates are leading many to consider the unthinkable: privatisation.
Since 2017, reform in Germany's social security law has given disabled people more money and greater control over how they spent it. The final stage, due next year, will increase the number of people eligible for benefits that help them integrate into society. Adult care providers tell HBI that it has been difficult for them to adapt.
Earlier this year elderly care providers in Czechia had been looking to a new public-private partnership in Brno as a model for future agreements. However, HBI hears that the project is already slowing and the market is instead looking to alternative models. HBI speaks to David Volny, CEE-focussed partner at PE firm Dynacor Capital, to find out more.
France has committed to reforms in homecare, optometry, and mental health in its social security budget for next year. One source says that it's a particularly important budget with elections coming in the Spring of next year. Meanwhile, President Macron has also committed to replicating Germany's model for reimbursing digital health apps.
Strict, politically-driven, laws on the use of data in Germany means that the healthcare sector is struggling to equip itself sufficiently for the future demand of healthcare, delegates heard at HBI 2021 in a panel led by Stephan Rau, partner with McDermott, Will & Emery.
Rehabilitation has often been seen as the low-margin, poor brother of acute care. Often underfunded and overlooked, a panel at HBI 2021 sensed that the tide is turning and that, at last, the benefits of this Cinderella sector are being appreciated.
Is healthcare in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) the next big investment opportunity? According to a panel at HBI 2021 on the MENA region the answer is an emphatic yes, and the region is 'open for business - though not a market for the faint of heart.