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Integrated care and value health set to soar in Europe

European politicians increasingly get the value of care which integrates social and acute or the holistic treatment of chronic diseases. They also want value healthcare models which reward operators for quality. Pilots are becoming larger and, in some cases, have been rolled out as long-term projects covering millions of people. There are plenty of opportunities for nimble private sector players. We look at what is happening across Europe.

Optimedis gets new investor

Integrated care operator Optimedis, which is now active in the UK and the Netherlands as well as Germany, is getting a new round of financing and has also linked up with big diagnostic groups. 

Ukraine reforms likely to boost private sector

The president of Ukraine has just signed into law a series of healthcare reforms which introduce a clear framework that replaces a system which wrote annual cheques to public sector hospitals. The new system is likely to lead to the inclusion of the thriving private sector in publicly-funded healthcare delivery. 

FREE Italy’s shrinking markets

It’s more than five years since the Italian government, buckling under a national debt of around 125% of GDP, implemented Mario Monti’s austerity measures, described as one of the severest responses to the financial crisis in Europe at that time.

Interview: Giovanni Trimboli, CEO, Novolabs, Italy

Times are tough in Italian healthcare and nowhere is the pain felt more acutely than in the private sector. Singled out by the 2012 National Spending Review, private operators of all types have seen five years of falling budgets. In the lab sector, they face a shrinking overall market and the difficulty of convincing public hospitals to outsource, says Trimboli, who runs a not-for-profit group in Lombardy.

Argentinian healthcare overhaul meets with opposition

Reforms designed to overhaul universal health coverage in Argentina, which will also see the introduction of country-wide electronic health records, are meeting with strong union opposition. We speak to an Argentinian healthcare expert to find out more.