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How to rationalise and transform healthcare

How do you rationalise healthcare systems, get them to focus on prevention, and reduce wastage? Mckinsey's Senior Partner Penny Dash gave a global overview while major policymakers from the UK, French and Dutch public health systems discussed respective attempts, successes and challenges at HBI Policy Summit's Transformation session.

South African government to outsource more electives

The South African government is taking a more private sector-friendly approach and should start utilising existing private sector capacity for elective surgeries in the next 1-2 years, according to a local operator.

Indian operators looking for ways to make UHC pay

Many of the largest Indian operators are shying away from opting-in to India’s nascent foray into UHC for its poorest residents, for fear of losing too many of their private beds to the system.

Change in financing of Dutch psychiatry could increase tariffs

A new law for the financing of long-term psychiatric care in the Netherlands has been sent to parliament. We speak to a Dutch source on what this could entail for operators on the market, including the possible increase of tariffs by 2021.

Saudi Ministry of Health seeks more dialysis providers

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health is looking for more international operators to provide dialysis services across the Kingdom, despite having recently renewed contracts with Diaverum and DaVita. Local sources tell HBI that the Ministry wants international operators to help fill the supply gap in the Kingdom. The number of patients needing dialysis is expected to […]

Interview: Clare Connell, Connell Consulting  

In seven years Clare has built Connell Consulting to a large experienced team producing commercial due diligence on £5.5bn worth of deals in the last 12 months. That makes Connell Consulting the biggest commercial due diligence adviser within the UK social care sector. Here we look at the common assumptions in nursing home sector. Are they right?

Kenya’s NHIF accredits thousands of for-profit beds but UHC still some way off

Kenya's National Health Insurance Fund has released a list of all accredited inpatient hospitals, 20-25% of which are for-profits, as it goes through a series of reforms to achieve the holy grail of Universal Health Coverage. But the former chairman of one of the country's largest hospital groups tells us the full achievement of the […]

Ukraine healthcare reform in doubt

The future of Ukraine's wide-sweeping healthcare reforms is in doubt after political manoeuvres to oust the country's acting health minister. 

Brazilian telemedicine’s false start

Brazil's Federal Medical Council (CFM) has re-banned telemedicine just 19 days after it unbanned the practice. A well-connected source says it could take many months for the resolution to pass afresh. 

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.

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