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Mid Europa pulls Regina Maria sale

PE firm Mid Europa has pulled the sale of its Romanian healthcare provider Regina Maria, but may re-launch it in the second half of 2021.

Life’s Polish pullout points to wider woes in market

Life Healthcare confirmed last week that it was looking to exit its Polish hospital business, Scanmed, citing further regulatory changes. Other investors are also looking to leave the country and assets that were expected to sell remain unsold. What went wrong in a market we once described as "stuff as dreams are made of"?

Funding occupational healthcare in Germany

HBI hears the market for manager-level medical checkups is worth around €1.5bn each year in Germany but this is predominately private pay. The occupational healthcare market feels like it's being held back by reimbursement models that don't support wider preventive care.

Five things we learnt at the Budapest Private Health Forum

This week HBI attended Portfolio's private healthcare forum in Budapest. We got an update on the country's ongoing insurance reform, the latest consolidation efforts and limp towards digitalisation. Here are our key takeaways: 

Mehiläinen makes offer for Pihlajalinna and reveals international expansion

As first speculated by HBI last year, Finnish health and social care provider Mehiläinen has offered to buy competitor Pihlajalinna. We talk to Mehiläinen CEO Janne-Olli Järvenpää and local sources about integrating the two companies, competition concerns, the possibility of a bidding war and international expansion, which Järvenpää gives HBI exclusive details on.

Funding change to force Finnish groups back into preventive care

From next year Finland, one of Europe's largest occupational healthcare markets, will change funding structures to incentivise employers to spend more on preventive care and less on medical care. HBI explains the law and looks at how it will affect the market.

FREE BLOG New HBI pipeline tool reveals long-held investments 

Nearly a third of all private equity-owned health care businesses in Europe have been held for at least five years, according to the new HBI Deals Pipeline tool. That suggests many private equity houses are struggling to sell on their investments.

Terveystalo buys health survey company (and its data?)

Terveystalo has bought a health survey company and its IP. Simo Taimela, the CEO of its new purchase, Evalua, tells HBI that its product will help the Finnish occupational healthcare provider to create better health interventions. Is there more to the deal?

A poacher turns gamekeeper: Austrian health care reform     

After 19 years as a health care services expert working as an investment banker, analyst and consultant, Martin Brunninger has returned to his native Austria to become director-general for healthcare and social care. In this role, he is responsible for reforming the entire health and social care system under the new reformist conservative coalition government which came to power in December 2017 and is likely to hold power for a few years. We talk to Brunninger about the likely changes and his change in role.

Terveystalo conjures CEO out of Finnair

Terveystalo has appointed a man who spent 18 years at a Finnish airline as its new CEO. In the same week, Pihlajalinna is dropping 180 of its management staff to cut costs.

Terveystalo CEO quits

After overseeing a four-fold rise in revenue, a change in culture and a move to digitalisation, Yrjö Närhinen, 49, the CEO of Terveystalo, the listed Finnish outpatient group, has decided to step down after an 8-year stint at the helm. We talk to him about the future. It is a little known fact that compared to the size of the country, Terveystalo is the largest healthcare group in Europe, employing one in 400 of the working population.

Does Value Health have a future?

Value health is the revolutionary idea pioneered by Harvard guru Michael Porter. He had the temerity to suggest providers should be rewarded for quality, rather than activity and that the patient should be viewed and consulted as customers. Invented in the early noughties, it hit a high water mark 7-8 years ago when Obamacare was rolled out incorporating the concept. Then it felt like an inexorable river.

FREE BLOG Ten more things we learned at HBI 2019

Here are 10 more things that piqued our interest at HBI 2019, where sector stakeholders from payors to investors come together to grapple with the biggest and most interesting issues of the year.

FREE BLOG Things we learned at HBI 2019

This week delegates from around the world descended on London for HBI 2019 to discuss the healthcare market and its various sub-sectors. Here are the things we learnt:

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?

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