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Aleris appoints new CEO

Pan-Nordic healthcare group Aleris has replaced its CEO, pinching the director of what is arguably the Nordic region's most successful example of healthcare outsourcing.

Germany’s new frontier for digital healthcare

Germany's digital health sector has been overhauled as the Bundestag passes a law that will see prescribed health apps and teleconsultations publicly reimbursed, alongside a whole host of other reforms. HBI explains the law, assesses data on doctor attitudes to digital care, and looks at who is already moving in the sector.

Exclusive: We name strategic buyer in talks to acquire BMI Healthcare

Independent sources tell HBI that UK hospital chain BMI Healthcare could soon be sold to another hospital operator by its landlord-turned-majority shareholder, just a year after it took over the business. We reveal the likely buyer, give the reaction of advisors and investors, and adjust BMI's likelihood of an imminent sale on HBI Intelligence Deals Pipeline tool to 95%.

Merger creates Brazil’s second largest healthcare provider

The merger of lab and imaging specialist Diagnosticos da America (DASA) with São Paulo-based hospital network Rede Impar (RI) will create Brazil's second-largest provider of healthcare services by revenue. A market source tells HBI this could be with a view to an IPO next year.

VPS signs high flying deal with Etihad

UAE-based integrated healthcare provider VPS Healthcare has signed a deal with Etihad Airways which will provide its Saudi patients with reduced fares to some of its hospital hubs, in a move designed to further attract medical tourists.

Nordic fertility player partners with Dubai hospital

American Hospital Dubai has entered into a joint venture with Sweden-based Livio, the largest fertility operator in the Nordic region. American Hospital Dubai is a 254-bed, acute care, general medical/surgical private hospital with a multi-specialty physician group practice, designed to provide a high-quality, American standard of healthcare. The deal will see Livio, formerly "IVF Sverige", […]

Five things we learnt at the Budapest Private Health Forum

This week HBI attended Portfolio's private healthcare forum in Budapest. We got an update on the country's ongoing insurance reform, the latest consolidation efforts and limp towards digitalisation. Here are our key takeaways: 

Quironsalud further consolidates in LATAM

Spain's largest for-profit hospital operator Quironsalud, part of German counterpart Fresenius Helios since 2016, has made yet another South American acquisition further consolidating its position in Colombia.

Interview: Anders Lönnberg, Politician, Health Care expert, Sweden

Joyously replete with war stories lost and won, Lönnberg, a combative diabetic and social democratic politician has spent the past thirty years fighting for change in health care. So what has he learnt about how health care works? And what is the solution?

FREE BLOG New HBI pipeline tool reveals long-held investments 

Nearly a third of all private equity-owned health care businesses in Europe have been held for at least five years, according to the new HBI Deals Pipeline tool. That suggests many private equity houses are struggling to sell on their investments.

Kenyan NHIF C-section costs soar

C-sections now account for a third of all maternity costs under Kenya's national health insurance scheme, with some experts concerned that operators have been cashing in on inflated prices.

Another private hospital in the UAE closes down

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has shut down a private hospital for three months, citing regulatory non-compliance without naming the facility. HBI sources indicate which one it might be.

Former Abraaj health fund’s platform appoints new CEO

Evercare, part of what was formerly the Abraaj Growth Markets Health Fund (AGHF) and now managed by global PE firm TPG, has appointed a new CEO to oversee its hospitals and clinics in India, Pakistan, Kenya and Nigeria.

Humanitas may buy Regina Maria

Conglomerate-owned Italian hospital group Humanitas is in the process to buy Romanian healthcare group Regina Maria. HBI understands Mid Europa tried to sell the company before summer without success, possibly because of the price.

Interview: Abhay Soi, Chairman, Max Healthcare 

An outsider who doesn’t believe in “old answers” and wants to ‘’do things differently’’, Soi, 46, has big plans for the about-to-be-merged Max and Radiant businesses. The large Indian hospital chain is backed by private equity firm KKR-with 12 large and metro-based hospitals and 4 day-care centres, with 2019-20 expected sales of INR 4,200 crores (US$631m), making it second only to Apollo He talks exclusively to HBI about his plans and where he sees growth. 

Unilabs and Ribera Salud JV loses lab outsourcing contract

BR Salud, the Spanish JV owned by Unilabs and Ribera Salud, has lost its multi-million euro public contract to the country's fourth-largest lab group Analiza. It was worth, HBI estimates, 15-20% of Unilabs' Spain revenue.

Medsi set for Russian clinic chain acquisition

Russian publicly-traded investor Sistema and its healthcare network Medsi is in talks with Russia’s largest insurance private company AlfaStrakhovanie to buy 100% of its Alfa Health Center clinics, according to the Russian press.

Private equity conquers Southeast Asia as Metro Pacific Hospitals trade

Global private equity firm KKR and Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC have agreed to co-invest nearly $700m in Filipino hospital group Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings Inc (MPHHI) as well as a bond issued by majority-owner conglomerate MPIC, pulling the plug on any immediate IPO. The Philippines is the last major SE Asian market to see big PE money enter its healthcare sector.

A poacher turns gamekeeper: Austrian health care reform     

After 19 years as a health care services expert working as an investment banker, analyst and consultant, Martin Brunninger has returned to his native Austria to become director-general for healthcare and social care. In this role, he is responsible for reforming the entire health and social care system under the new reformist conservative coalition government which came to power in December 2017 and is likely to hold power for a few years. We talk to Brunninger about the likely changes and his change in role.
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