Healthcare Reform


Muted electronic patient record rollout in Germany

Just 2% of publicly insured Germans have registered to see their electronic patient record (ePA) since access was made mandatory at the beginning of the year. Many either don't know it exists or are worried about data privacy, HBI hears. That settles some answers to the question of whether it's worthwhile giving patients access to their own data.

How the world’s largest consumer PE house views healthcare

At HBI 2020 we interviewed Chinta Bhagat, a managing partner at private equity house L Catterton, the world’s biggest private equity investor in consumer products and retail, about the destruction of the general hospital and the new digital models that will replace it. “If you don’t have digital embedded in everything you do in such a way as to give the customer a choice of how to interact with you, your business will eventually be destroyed,” he says. Bhagat should know, he led McKinsey’s healthcare practice in Asia for many years and at Khazanah Nasional was intimately involved in the creation of Pan-Asian hospital chain IHH. He is now scouting the world for digital healthcare investment opportunities.

HBI 2020: Healthcare spend is an enabler of economic growth, not a burden

Healthcare costs should be seen as an enabler of economic growth and not a burden, says a new McKinsey report following a two-year study by the firm, presented by senior partner Penny Dash at HBI 2020's 'Where are we now?' session. Dash was joined by the Austrian health minister and a Siemens Healthineers executive for the big picture discussion.

Strand Medical CEO on why costs differ so much globally

Why do the prices of medical procedures vary so much globally? We talk to Jussi Rantanen, CEO at Strand Medical, a consultancy that specialises in analysing the cost and the quality of care internationally. An orthopaedic surgeon, here is his take on the differences.

DACH operators should feel positive about 2021

Despite one of the panellists at HBI's DACH-State of the Regions broadcast last week labelling 2020 "the wildest year in recent history in the healthcare sector", there are lots of reasons to feel positive about Europe's German-speaking countries as we look towards the new year.

Operators in Russia and ex-CIS hit hard by COVID

State financing has seen little growth in expenditure in Russia over the last couple of years, while former CIS countries are struggling to fund robust healthcare systems. Despite this, panellists at HBI's Russia and Former CIS - State of the Regions discussion last week found some reasons to be positive.

Interview: Javier Román, CEO, Clece

Clece is one of Spain's largest homecare providers and is also present in the UK, with total domiciliary care sales of over €400m in 2019. HBI gets a snapshot of the business and its views on sector challenges from CEO Javier Román.

German hospital bankruptcies “to resume in 2022”

An expected wave of German hospital bankruptcies this year has been averted thanks to state support during the pandemic, but operators should expect a difficult 2022 with more going to the wall than in recent years, Professor Boris Augurzky, the acknowledged expert on the sector, tells HBI.

Hungary’s doctor pay increase ‘not yet’ like Romania’s

In a bid to boost retention, Hungry has increased public salaries for doctors by as much as 120%. A similar hike in Romania last year damaged the bottom line of the private sector. But HBI hears that three-quarters of doctors are refusing to sign the new contract and it could have the opposite effect by taking doctors out of the public sector altogether.

Tariff bump helps prop up Dutch maternity company

Sources in the Netherlands say Dutch maternity has been struggling this year. HBI understands one group, for-profit Zorg in Nederland (ZIN), which employs 1,300 nurses, has received help from its insurers at this troubling time.

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