Outpatient (ex Primary Care)

 

Private players swoop on national hotlines

Outpatient group Gajda-Med has won Poland's multi-million euro contract to deliver first-contact telehealth services for the Polish NHS. It follows a recent trend of private sector companies moving to work on national hotlines, including in Sweden and Switzerland, and it is very controversial where operators already own physical clinics.

Public health services in Helsinki outsourced to Mehiläinen

Finnish outpatient and occupational healthcare specialist Mehiläinen has been chosen as a provider of public primary health services in Helsinki. This is the first time that public care outsourcing has happened in the capital, Markku Näreneva, Mehiläinen's Director of Public Health Services tells HBI.

No private healthcare bounce back yet

Admissions to private hospitals in the UK are still well below pre-pandemic levels with activity in January and February down on last year. The expected demand boost for private healthcare due to NHS waiting list pressures is yet to materialise. 

Fleury acquires Sao Paulo orthopaedics group

Fleury Group, the second largest diagnostics group in Brazil, has signed an agreement to buy a two-thirds stake in orthopaedic and rehabilitation specialist Vita Ortopedia Servicos Especializados. This continues its march towards becoming an integrated platform.

Russia debates ban on spending public funds on capex

Russia has put forward draft proposals that forbid private providers from spending compulsory insurance funds on capital expenditure, the acquisition of property and the repayment of loans. Operators say it will likely halt all investment in the sector.

Interview: Mark Chapman, International CEO, Life Healthcare

What are South African hospital group Life Healthcare's plans for its international division, mainly comprised of pan-European imaging operator Alliance Medical? In a long and wide-ranging discussion, Chapman talks about expansion in South Africa and one to two new countries, 'winners and losers' in the imaging AI market, tariff pressure across Europe and what the first new potential drug therapy for Alzheimer's in 18 years means for its PET-CT business.

Mehilainen targets Estonia for international expansion

Finnish outpatient and occupational healthcare specialist Mehilainen has made two acquisitions in Estonia. The company says strong expansion into Estonia is a natural next step in Mehilainen’s internationalisation strategy.

Interview: Dr Juan Abarca Cidon, president, HM Hospitales

We talk to Dr Abarca Cidon, part of the controlling family and current president of Spain's third-largest for-profit hospital group HM Hospitales with nearly €500m in sales. He talks strategy, Covid, and rumours of selling a stake in the company.

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