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FREE BLOG The secret of Israeli healthcare

It is ironic that conferences on best practice in healthcare are dominated by Americans - the people who have the world's most dysfunctional healthcare system. Israel and Taiwan are much better bets. So how do they do it? After all, Israel in 2016 spent just 7% of GDP on healthcare, compared to 17% in the […]

FREE BLOG M&A is set to go Pan-Latam

There are relatively few Pan-Latam operators of any scale. The big exception is the integrated healthcare management organisations being built by UnitedHealth which is now the largest hospital operator in Brazil and Chile with positions in another half dozen countries. We think that is about to change.

FREE BLOG Counting the cost of universal health coverage

We find ourselves writing once again about universal health coverage this week, both in Indonesia where it has been introduced to large swathes of the population already, and India, where progress has been made but the initial programme has been delayed at least a month beyond its (now missed) launch date of last Wednesday.

FREE BLOG Efficiency, Quality and Relationships – the three parameters for any for-profit healthcare group

Stripping away M&A and financial things like indebtedness, all for-profit healthcare businesses will succeed or fail based on these three parameters. And all can be measured along them, too. They are: Efficiency creates higher EBITDA and competitiveness. Relationships whether B2B or B2C determine sales levels if you fulfil customer-perceived needs. Relationships are about trust and […]

FREE BLOG Is pilfering patients from the developing world ever okay?

When a healthcare giant with deep pockets says it will enter an emerging market, the cynic's reaction is to see an international referral stream. A non-profit once bemoaned to us that there is much truth in this. But what if it's the only way they'll agree to invest in the first place? And what if the good they do locally far outweighs the patients lost abroad?

FREE BLOG Could Abraaj’s difficulties cool interest in investing in poorer markets?

Healthcare Nova has been reporting regularly on the worsening troubles facing Abraaj, the under-fire global investment institution investing in markets across Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Turkey. It has displayed impressive – and laudable – ambition, striving to assemble massive healthcare networks in larger, poorer, cities. But as other investment firms now pick over the bones of what is left of Abraaj’s grand designs, will this put other large investors off putting money into heathcare in emerging markets?

FREE BLOG China 2030 programme is opening the door to foreign operators

Regular readers will have picked up on a recurring theme when it comes to the Chinese healthcare market – it’s notoriously difficult for foreigners to get a foothold. But no sooner had we written our most recent piece about this than a European operator called us up to tell us that despite the many pitfalls, there are substantial opportunities for those able to cut the right deals.

FREE BLOG Two more headaches for health operators looking at China

Breaking into the Chinese healthcare market is notoriously difficult for foreigners. It usually requires lengthy relationship cultivation or strong local partners to front up any deal - often both. One expert well grounded in introducing foreign investors to the market tells Healthcare Nova things are about to get even harder.