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Schoen opens its first outpatient mental health facility in London

German hospital group Schoen Kliniken has opened its first outpatient mental health facility in London, following the opening of its specialist orthopaedic clinic last summer and the acquisition of a non-profit mental health organisation in York earlier this year. We speak to the group's executive director about plans to expand its specialist psychiatric care in the UK.

“The future of hospitals is not hospitals”

CEOs and executives of four of EMEA's eight largest private hospital groups - including three of the top four - and India's most ambitious consolidator discussed the prospects of the hospital sector internationally at HBI 2019 - highlighting the differences in their approaches to growth.

The move towards quality (Plenary, HBI 2019)

Executives from Mckinsey, UnitedHealth, Siemens and a Dutch health insurer opened up HBI 2019 with a broad discussion on the move to quality payments and the role of for-profits in healthcare. 

How to rationalise and transform healthcare

How do you rationalise healthcare systems, get them to focus on prevention, and reduce wastage? Mckinsey's Senior Partner Penny Dash gave a global overview while major policymakers from the UK, French and Dutch public health systems discussed respective attempts, successes and challenges at HBI Policy Summit's Transformation session.

New Russian law opens domiciliary care market

A new taxation law being piloted in and around Moscow City has created a market for domiciliary care services offered by self-employed professionals. We speak to Russian nursing home provider Senior Group, which is launching a new private pay service off the back of this change.

Wafer-thin health care service profits at Bupa

Why did Bupa, the international health insurer which is also one of the largest health care service players outside of the USA, announce its 2018 results so quietly that HBI isn't aware of any UK daily reporting them this year? The figures show that Bupa's £3.37bn of revenue from nursing homes, hospitals, dentistry and primary care across a dozen countries, barely made money. Could this be down to its interesting governance structure?

Indian dental group introduces “it’s not-a-franchise” franchise model

When is a dental franchise not a franchise? According to Vikram Vora, the founder and CEO of affordable dental care specialist Sabka Dentist, when it has more to offer. HBI caught up with him at HBI 2019 to find out more about the franchise with benefits which he says could add up to 2,000 new practices within three years.

Could the Netherlands ever de-privatise healthcare?

Some insurers and operators in the country feel that the position of private companies is increasingly under threat – and ultimately that the Dutch system might even be de-privatised. How realistic is this? We speak to a Dutch insurer to find out more.

Cerba/Lancet JV to expand

Cerba is set to expand its JV with pan-African lab network Lancet into more French-speaking countries.

South African government to outsource more electives

The South African government is taking a more private sector-friendly approach and should start utilising existing private sector capacity for elective surgeries in the next 1-2 years, according to a local operator.

Investor plans pan-African hospital chain

HBI hears of plans to build a substantial pan-African private hospital chain with an announcement expected as early as 2019. It would be the first investor to attempt this since now-defunct private equity firm Abraaj.

Radiant – Max merger close to completion

South African-based healthcare operator Life Healthcare is expected to exit India-based Max Healthcare in the next 30 days, as the latter completes its merger with KKR-backed Indian hospital management company Radiant Life Care. HBI talks to a source close to the company to find out more.

Russian IVF group’s international plans points to tough home market

The general director of one of Russia's largest IVF groups, Ava-Peter, told HBI 2019 delegates that the company has plans to enter the Uzbekistani market. The announcement points to just how tough the situation has become for private IVF operators in Russia in recent years.

Indian operators looking for ways to make UHC pay

Many of the largest Indian operators are shying away from opting-in to India’s nascent foray into UHC for its poorest residents, for fear of losing too many of their private beds to the system.

Median process gets put back “3-4 years”

The sale of German rehabilitation giant Median Kliniken by owners Waterland may have been put back, HBI hears, though sources close to the company suggest otherwise.

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