Arab Health never seems to get any smaller. HBI travelled to Dubai and spoke to some of the 84,500 attendees and 4,150 exhibiting companies. But, strip out the hoop-la, and what is really going on at ground level? Here are our main takeaways from the four-day long event:
Despite widespread global criticism for his politics, president Jair Bolsonaro has inspired confidence in the private sector. The Brazilian stock market Bovespa reached record highs last week after climbing steadily for the last six months. Why is private healthcare not seeing more benefit, and how does it need to reform? We speak to two experts in Brazilian healthcare to find out more.
Belgium-based REIT Aedifica is expanding its portfolio in the Netherlands with the construction of an elderly care facility in an opco-propco deal with Dutch assisted living operator Stepping Stones. We speak to the chief investment officer at Aedifica about opportunities opening up in Dutch elderly care.
Bahrain is due to follow its richer neighbour, the UAE, by implementing a mandatory insurance programme this year. Yet its far lower GDP and population could make it difficult for large hospitals to flourish in the region. HBI speaks to two GCC experts about how legislation will change the healthcare landscape.
Finnish social care reform has been on the cards for the last decade without resolution, yet there's a possibility it could finally make some headway through Parliament this year. We speak to nursing home provider Esperi and real-estate fund Northern Horizon Capital for an update on the reform's progress.
Russia has begun the long task of overhauling its Soviet-style nursing home stock by inviting private operators to build new homes. The sector has also begun to pilot regulatory reform that would require all homes to reach Western European standards of care. We speak to Senior Group, one of Russia's (comparatively) biggest high-end operators, about how the changes are opening up a market.
A local operator tells us tariffs to rehab operators in France could increase in 2019 for the first time in several years, and a large payment made to operators at the end of last year is a positive political sign.
This week NHS England has unveiled its 'Long Term Plan'. It sets out how the publicly-funded health service is going to adapt to meet the changing demands of the population while trying to remain sustainable. Private-sector involvement is still a politically charged issue. The words 'private sector' are only mentioned once in a 136 page report. HBI delves into that report to find potential opportunities for the for-profit sector.
Estonia is the only country in the world today which claims 95% of its healthcare data is digitalised. HBI talks to the Estonian politician turned CMO of one of Europe's largest blockchain companies about its push into healthcare, and where he sees the technology going next.
Insurers and big occupational healthcare providers are sceptical about a new generation of lifestyle genetic testing linked to apps which are designed to enable individuals to achieve higher levels of wellness. But they are starting to deploy more specific tests that diagnose rare diseases. We talk to major operators and insurers about how they see the genetic test market.
The number of dialysis patients treated by Diaverum and DaVita in Saudi Arabia nearly doubled in 2017, while the overall dialysis population grew double-digits and will do so again in 2018, according to an official report. Based on session payment rates reported by HBI, the 2017 market was worth around US$800m.