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Dutch labs consolidation hampered by hospital reluctance to outsource

Last month we reported that there is a growth opportunity for bigger and more efficient for-profits in the largely unconsolidated Dutch labs market, as Covid testing winds down and financial pressures return to the sector. But a consultant who has previously run a Dutch hospital lab tells us a major barrier remains: a stubborn reluctance within hospitals to outsource.

Vitaldent-led new Spanish dental group looking abroad for expansion

There's a new major player on the Spanish dental scene - by name at least - and it looks set to take the number one spot by revenue. Vitaldent is combining with three other players and rebranding as Donte Group according to Javier Martin, the CEO of the new holding company and former Vitaldent CEO.

Nordic PMI grows in tandem with waiting lists

Private medical insurance (PMI) plans are on the increase in the Nordic nations, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Longer public health waiting times and incentives in employment contracts are the main reasons. HBI investigates.

Estonian waiting lists likely to skyrocket in recession

Despite inflation rates of over 20%, Estonia's national health service has not suffered significant ill effects, HBI hears, at least not yet. Looming recession could, however, result in waiting lists as bad as those currently seen in the UK. HBI speaks to a local expert to find out more.

New Swedish government’s health policies could benefit for profit providers

A right-wing coalition government is still to be formed in Sweden, under probable prime minister Ulf Kristersson. It is expected to encourage for-profit health providers to help the public system reduce waiting lists. Multi billions of extra funding will also be allocated to the national, regional and local authorities to bolster the system.

EDG for sale, while Dentex sells

As exclusively predicted by HBI at the start of August, pan-European and dentist-led European Dental Group (EDG) is up for sale.

NMC CEO standing down

Michael B. Davis, the CEO of the UAE's largest private sector healthcare provider, NMC Healthcare, is standing down. His last day with the group will be December 20, and he leaves having steered the group through the most trying years in its history. Once seemingly facing financial ruin, NMC came out of administration at the end of last year.

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