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Sovereign wealth funds big Asia-Pacific plays

Sovereign wealth funds are making some big entrances and exits in the Asia-Pacific with bids closing in QIC-owned oncology player Icon Group and Singapore's GIC acquiring a minority stake in Sunway hospital group Sunway Healthcare.

Ramsay Sime Darby targeting $300m spin-off IPO

HBI understands that Malaysian/Indonesian hospital group Ramsay Sime Darby has appointed banks for a $300m IPO. One side of the JV says that expansion in healthcare is a key strategic focus, the other appears notably quiet about its investment in Asia. FY2020 saw profits drop for "the first time in many years" as COVID struck.

Bringing costs down in South East Asia

HBI State of the Regions continued on Tuesday morning with a look at SE Asia. It's "overloaded" in some parts with "substantial coverage gaps" in others, with big provider/payor conflict in most. Eduardo Banzon from the Asian Development Bank, Cole Sirucek from DocDoc, and Angus Slater from Bupa talk about the biggest challenges and opportunities on the continent.

Another Chinese hospital IPO in Hong Kong but market looks flat

Chinese private hospital operator Guodan Healthcare has refiled plans to IPO on the Hong Kong exchange and, if successful, will become the twelfth Chinese hospital in the country to list. But it's a crowded space and most of the 11 other stocks have underperformed in the last four years as our infographic shows.

DocDoc expands into China

Singapore-based 'doctor discovery platform' DocDoc has moved into China through a partnership with one of the world's largest insurance risk management companies, Kaitaiming (KTM), giving it access to 90% of the country's insurers. HBI speaks to CEO Cole Sirucek.

How insurers are delivering preventative care through tech

HBI speaks to Hong-Kong-based insure tech startup CareVoice about how its solution supports insurers to deliver more bespoke plans in China, following its $10m Series A. As most global insurers are trying to pivot from being gatekeepers to caregivers, can solutions that provide preventative support help?

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