Private medical insurance (PMI) plans are on the increase in the Nordic nations, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Longer public health waiting times and incentives in employment contracts are the main reasons. HBI investigates.
The fast growing for-profit healthcare market in Hungary is scaling new peaks. HBI hears it could be worth as much as HUF 450-500bn (in excess of €1bn), and talks to a local operator to find out more about why revenue growth is not always translating into profit.
A right-wing coalition government is still to be formed in Sweden, under probable prime minister Ulf Kristersson. It is expected to encourage for-profit health providers to help the public system reduce waiting lists. Multi billions of extra funding will also be allocated to the national, regional and local authorities to bolster the system.
Less than three weeks ahead of the September 11 elections, Swedish parties are neck-to-neck in the opinion polls. The question is whether the centre left Social Democratic Party will remain in power. In its favour is the relative popularity of Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, who in the polls is well ahead of opposition leaders.
The Dutch government is seeking to end free choice within health care by removing the obligation on health insurers to reimburse care from any provider. The proposal is part of the cabinet’s plan to shake up the Netherland’s health care system, and will make it much harder for new entrants to compete with established providers. HBI chats with two market experts to find out more.
Peter Karli, the urbane owner and MD of Central and Eastern European-focussed M&A advisory firm Heal Partners KFT, expects “explosive growth in Hungary’s dynamic for-profit healthcare market". HBI chats to him to find out more.
A World Health Organisation (WHO) Report published in July chastises Bulgaria’s Health Ministry for allowing the for-profit sector to dominate the nation’s healthcare, while much needed reforms look to be on hold following the collapse of the government.
The Autorldade da Concorrencia (AdC), the Portuguese Competition Authority, has sanctioned and imposed fines of €191 million on several private hospital groups and the Portuguese Private Hospitals Association (APHP).
The UK National Health Service (NHS) should unquestionably boost outsourcing to counter the acute shortage of diagnostic centres in the country, according to a panel at HBI 2022 focused on "Building Capacity and Care Pathways through Partnerships".
There is a risk, when looking at healthcare markets in MENA, of lumping all the countries together as one - but each market has very specific requirements, and very specific characteristics. A panel at HBI 2022 chaired by Hamid Yunis, partner at global law firm McDermott Will & Emery, investigated challenges and opportunities in the region - and how rapidly the markets are changing and why overseas players now need to work harder to impress.