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.

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.

Which UK private hospitals earned the most from £2bn NHS block-booking?

NHS England will have spent around £2bn on buying capacity and services from the private hospital sector for COVID-19 related services in the last 12 months, according to recently-released public documents. We break out the figures to reveal which operators earned the most and how the picture changed in Q4. 

NHS reform could give patients choice to seek private care

Population health is at the centre of a new NHS England reform that will give purchasing power to local, integrated health bodies across the UK. At first glance, the white paper points to less work for the private sector, but a new procurement system could tip it towards the system seen in Europe, where the local body often acts as a payor and the patient has a much wider choice of provider.

Regulator: ‘Politics played no role’ in Mehilainen-Pihlajalinna decision

The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority's (FCCA) surprise decision to oppose the merger of Mehilainen and Pihlajalinna has nothing to do with the changing political climate around the privatisation of healthcare, its merger control director tells HBI. She also explains why you can't compare it to the merger of Terveystalo and Attendo in 2018. 

COVID-19 and Emerging Market healthcare

We talk to two of the world's largest investors in emerging market health care about Covid's likely impact. Despite so far much lower death rates, the initial effect on health care operators has been worse than in Europe. Covid is set to destroy several motors for growth such as healthcare tourism and the deployment of […]

Lawyers expect spike in outsourcing disputes and negligence litigation

The COVID-19 epidemic may see commercial disputes regarding NHS UK outsourcing deals and increased litigation against care homes and hospitals from relatives of deceased loved ones, partners at law firm Addleshaw Goddard tell HBI. This is likely to be true across geographies.

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