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RH Bophelo buys again in South Africa as NHI approaches

RH Bophelo, South Africa's only black-owned special purpose acquisition company, has agreed to buy a stake in a 128-bed private hospital in Cape Town. It comes as the government looks close to voting on the National Health Insurance (NHI) bill. We talk to RH Bophelo CEO Quinton Zunga.

Medgate AI project to cut costs by 30-40%

Digital healthcare pioneer Medgate is evaluating opportunities in Germany and other European countries. A chatbot based on the 12 million telehealth sessions it has held over the past 19 years is in development and will be launched at the end of 2018 and should reduce costs by 30-40%, Medgate CEO and founder Andy Fischer tells Healthcare Nova. 

FREE BLOG Lack of legislation putting operators off in Saudi

At HBI 2018, talk about opportunities in MENA largely focused on Saudi Arabia, with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's "Saudi Vision 2030" expected to privatise or outsource vast swathes of the country's healthcare system. So why haven't we seen much interest from private operators yet, and why is a flood of contracts not being signed?

Interview: Franz-Robert Klingan, Bain & Company

Healthcare Europa speaks to Franz-Robert Klingan, Munich-based partner at global consultants Bain & Company who runs its healthcare private equity practice for EMEA, to find out his three key messages from the last year and where he thinks the hotbeds of activity will be going forward.

Bidding war for Fortis pushes prospective price ever higher

The bidding war for India's second-largest hospital group continues to escalate despite the company board approving an offer of a capital injection last week from two wealthy family investor groups - and having previously supported a sale to Manipal - after shareholders made it clear they might prefer an outright takeover from other suitors.