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Medgate talks about its Rhoen JV

Last month we reported that Medgate had moved into Germany through a JV with the country's fourth largest hospital group. We caught up with the company to discuss models, reimbursement and the market. 

Dispatches from Arab Health

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:

Brazilian healthcare reform: As easy as “changing a flat tyre on a moving car”

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.

Aedifica buys stepping stones into Dutch market

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.

Mandatory insurance in Bahrain could cause problems for large hospitals

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.

When will Finland’s Sote be finished?

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.

10% of Russian nursing home beds to be private by 2020

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.

Rehab tariffs to increase in France in 2019?

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.

Five opportunities for the private sector under new UK NHS reform

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.

Bulgaria stares at statutory insurance

The Bulgarian government is considering splitting up its single payor into multiple, competing funds creating a similar landscape to that in Germany, a local investor tells us.

DRGs in Dubai in 2019 will propel rehab sector

The introduction of diagnosis-related group (DRG) payments to Dubai's hospital sector in 2019 will lead to a boom in the nascent post-acute rehab market according to a local operator. 

Lifestyle genetic platforms under fire

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.

Saudi dialysis grows double-digits in 2017

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.

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