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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:

Romania’s largest healthcare group looks abroad

Listed Romanian healthcare group Medlife is looking to neighbouring countries for expansion, says its CEO. We analyse the opportunity in the four that he singled out, each of which is ripe for consolidation.

Interview: Dr Helmut Schuehsler, TVM Capital

HBI talks to Dr Helmut Schuehsler, chairman and CEO at TVM Capital Healthcare Partners, Dubai and Singapore, about the group’s prospective exit from its current healthcare assets, its hunt for new investments, and the MENA market more specifically.

UK nursing home real-estate proving attractive to investors

According to a report by real-estate investor Octopus Healthcare, both current and new investors in UK elderly care will be allocating increasing resources to the sector, despite the market experiencing significant financial challenges. We speak to the company's CEO, Benjamin Davis, about why UK elderly care remains a hotspot for investment.

Diaverum grows in Brazil through acquisitions

International dialysis provider Diaverum has expanded in Brazil with the acquisition of three clinics following its initial entry into Latin America's largest market in January, 2018.

Diaverum enters Macedonia

Soon-to-sell global dialysis service provider Diaverum has bought Macedonia's largest operator, with the CEO adding it could be a platform for further expansion in the region. We talk to Diaverum, dig further into the Macedonian dialysis market and disclose the revenue of the acquired company.

Doctrin targets NHS, as KRY’s UK rollout begins

Swedish-telehealth company KRY has begun its UK roll-out. At the same time, competitor Doctrin exclusively tells Healthcare Europa that it too is in discussions with NHS health authorities and is preparing to expand. UK-based Babylon soon could be facing its first serious competitor for home market share. Healthcare Europa assesses the UK market and these competing business models.

Is IHH pulling out of Europe to focus on Asia?

Recent developments point to pan-Asian hospital group IHH scaling down Acibadem, its Turkey-based subsidiary. What does this mean for its interest in Europe? We talk to well-placed sources about what a falling lira, shareholder restructuring, asset sales in Bulgaria and Macedonia, and IHH’s acquisition of Indian chain Fortis might mean.

Is IHH pulling out of Europe?

Recent developments point to pan-Asian hospital group IHH scaling down Acibadem, its Turkey-based subsidiary. What does this mean for its interest in Europe? We talk to well-placed sources about what a falling lira, shareholder restructuring, asset sales in Bulgaria and Macedonia, and IHH's acquisition of Indian chain Fortis might mean.

Ada opens up markets with new languages

German telehealth company Ada claims that introducing new languages on its AI-powered “symptom checker” app will eventually open the market up to an additional 102 million people.

Spanish hospital group continues expansion in South America

Grupo Hospiten, a Spain-based hospital group with a presence in South America, has opened a new hospital in Mexico. We speak to the company's corporate medical director about its business, its market and its strategy in the region.

Aster DM makes Nigerian play

GCC and Indian healthcare group Aster DM has signed a partnership with a university hospital in Nigeria to set up centres of excellence (COE) and a telemedicine unit. The group says the facilities will help fill Nigeria's most significant gaps in provision, but a local advisor sees a referral stream in the short-term.

European domiciliary care provider breaks even in Asia

Buurtzorg, a Dutch domiciliary care business, is finally breaking even on the Asian market after a challenging first few years. We speak to Buurtzorg Asia's CEO Stephan Dyckerhoff about the difficulties of implementing his model in the far East.

Interview: Giuseppe Recchi, CEO, Affidea

Healthcare Europa speaks to Giuseppe Recchi, CEO of pan-European advanced diagnostic imaging specialist Affidea, to find out about the company’s foray into outpatient care, the state of AI, and plans for the future.

Korian to buy-up big Belgian portfolio

French nursing home giant Korian, the second largest nursing home group in Europe by revenue, has announced exclusive negotiations to buy what remains of Senior Assist's Belgian portfolio. We look at the deal and speak to CEO of the seller, Bart Vanderschrick.

Ribera Salud targets CEE expansion

Spanish hospital group Ribera Salud has increased its holding in Slovakian imaging and radiology provider Pro Diagnostic Group (PDG) – and says it is targeting further expansion in central and Eastern Europe.

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