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Proton therapy grows

Investors and states have ploughed capex into new proton therapy machines across Europe as the machines get smaller, the range of use cases grows and more private insurers start to cover the therapy.

How Affidea is driving 10% MRI scan growth

European imaging provider Affidea sees 10% volume growth on MRI scans where it has deployed a programme to track how and when machines are used with proprietary software. Senior VP regional COO Zisis Sotiriou talks to HBI about how it has optimised clinical protocols, identified efficiency savings and gained an extra €2m revenue a year.

The new group building a hospital for millennials

Portugal has a new private hospital company which is building specialised acute care framed around the consumer behaviour of millennials. Why does the sector need a new player? Because the traditional operators have more difficulty in deploying good digital transformation, the project's CEO tells HBI.

Dutch lab consolidation to resume after COVID blip

The consolidation of The Netherlands' non-profit outpatient diagnostics sector by for-profit groups is expected to pick up in the coming months after a delay due to Covid, a partner at Deloitte tells HBI.

Air Liquide consolidates Polish med homecare

Global gas giant Air Liquide will buy Betamed, a Polish medicalised homecare provider, after the competition regulator approved the deal. It will now have over €50m of oxygen services in the country.

Movement in mental health market

Nursing home group Korian has continued its consolidation of mental health by acquiring an Italian group with €22.5m revenues. Meanwhile, a joint venture in the Netherlands between providers Parnassia and Altrecht is expanding.

Spire H1: revenue soars but profitability flat

UK hospital group Spire Healthcare's revenue in H1 2021 jumped 13.5% versus 2019, with self-pay up a whopping 47%. But profitability was still lower than two years ago and, despite the top-line growth eclipsing guidance, the group is still trading well below Ramsay's improved offer price that 30% of shareholders rejected. Will they regret that?

Global names on Saudi imaging PPP shortlist but ‘no decision yet’

Alliance, Affidea, Ribera Salud and InHealth are all among the eight name shortlist for Saudi Arabia's massive radiology private public partnership. However, a source in the market tells HBI that progress is still slow and a decision has not been made on a winner.

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