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Belgian psychiatry provider enters Netherlands

Belgian psychiatry operator Reseau Abilis has acquired a small Dutch provider, putting it in direct competition with Orpea's Woonzorgnet. We speak to a Dutch specialist about the sector and hear their thoughts on how to build a successful psychiatric business.

Exclusive: Change at the top at Unilabs

Jos Lamers, 55, the man widely seen as the architect of modern-day Unilabs is moving away from a full-time role at the Pan-European lab and imaging platform, HBI can exclusively reveal. So what lies behind the move and who succeeds him as CEO?

Advinia chairman hits back: We might leave the sector

The chairman and owner of UK nursing home group Advinia has lashed out at government watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as it examines the group's finances, exclusively telling HBI he may leave the sector completely unless it adopts a reasonable touch.

Verita pulls wraps off massive digital to retail preventative platform

Verita Health, the global preventative healthcare group aiming to reduce chronic disease and extend life expectancy, is building what it claims is the largest digital health platform in the world by buying and merging five platforms in Asia, Europe and the USA.  At the same time, Verita is moving its health offering into hotels, retail and cosmetic clinics across several continents.  We talk to CEO Julian Andriesz, who is the plenary speaker at HBI 2020, April 20-22, London.

Fertility giant IVIRMA looking to sell minority stake

The largest fertility company in the world by revenue, Spanish-based IVIRMA, is looking for "an economic partner", with Morgan Stanley mandated to review strategic options. The most "optimistic" outcome, it says, would be the sale of a minority stake.

Four Seasons puts pressure on landlords to reduce rent

Troubled UK nursing home operator Four Seasons failed to pay millions in rent to landlords this month, a deliberate strategy as it renegotiates the leases on some of its care homes. We speak to a market consultant, a landlord, and Four Seasons about this.

Fleury acquires Diagmax Group

Brazil's second-largest lab and imaging group Fleury has added six sites to its portfolio through the acquisition of local imaging group Diagmax Group.

DomusVi wins contract and expands into Colombia

Spain's largest PE-backed nursing home group by revenue, DomusVi, has won a public tender in the Basque Country to provide residential nursing home care and opened its first facility in Colombia through subsidiary Acalis.

Government won’t win price control battle

The Indian government is unlikely to manage to control hospital pricing, despite its battle over stents and other consumables. And none of the big hospital groups are embracing the government's low-cost scheme to cover 50m families.

HM Hospitales to sell two hospitals

HM Hospitales, the second largest hospital chain in Spain is selling two Madrid hospitals. We look at the value and the significance for the Spanish health care property market.

Ameos HY results show competitive growth

German PE-backed psychiatry specialist Ameos has made a number of small acquisitions this year which have contributed to competitive growth rates for the company. Ameos has the largest focus on psychiatry and mental health among German hospital groups, with revenues in the sector at €426m in 2018, over half of total turnover. 

Schoen acquires start-up behind depression monitoring app

Schoen Clinic has acquired the start-up behind one of the world's most downloaded depression treatment apps, Moodpath. HBI speaks to the co-founder of Aurora Health about how the two companies want to jointly build a European wide digital platform for mental health.

Orpea enters the UK with acquisition in psychiatry

Pan-European nursing home and psychiatric giant Orpea has entered the UK market for the first time. The group has bought a French psychiatric specialist which owns a premium facility in London. HBI speaks to Orpea and a market adviser about strategy, multiples, and whether this opens the door to further activity in the UK.

Notre Dame Intermedica launches insurance for elderly and acquires rival

Brazilian insurer Grupo Notre Dame Intermedica (GNDI, or Intermedica) has launched a cut-price insurance plan for retirees, a move that puts it in competition with São Paulo based provider Prevent Senior. It has also acquired an insurer in the South. We discuss these developments with a local healthcare expert.

France’s third largest lab group ‘for sale’

One of France's largest lab groups, Inovie, has appointed France-based international bank BNP Paribas to explore potential financing - but its complex shareholder structure and president's public objection to external investment leaves open questions about how any sale could work.

Penta courts investors

HBI can exclusively reveal that Penta has started meeting with investors with a view to selling at least a minority stake, months after it denied the company was for sale. It tells HBI that it wants a partner who can support international expansion plans.

Connect Health adopts AI platform

One of Britain's largest for-profit physiotherapy providers has moved to an AI platform to improve efficiency. We look at the operator's business model and how it will be using AI.
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