Inflow of nurses to top five European markets

This week, HBI looks at the annual inflow of nurses from abroad to the big five Western European markets - the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain - using public data from OECD. Those looking for an outlier need look no further than the UK.

Key themes and takeaways from the IFC’s Emerging Markets conference

Last month, thought leaders from private healthcare systems across the globe gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, to network, share their findings, and consider how emerging markets can become more resilient. HBI was there, and these are our key themes and takeaways.

SE Asia’s pushes to primary care – but volumes and logistics are key

Providers in Southeast Asia have made a pronounced push towards primary care in recent years - but it hasn’t been all plain sailing with logistical challenges and high costs to contend with. Singapore and the Philippines are leading the way, as attendees at the recent IFC conference in Cape Town, South Africa, heard.

Biggest hospital chain in Philippines may IPO for $1bn

Metro Pacific Hospitals, the Philippines' most expansive hospital chain with 12 hospitals and seven medical centres across the country, is considering going public at a valuation of up to $1bn in a revival of a plan that was initially shelved in 2019, according to reports.

TVM Capital Healthcare raising outpatient SE Asia fund

Dubai and Singapore based private equity firm TVM Capital Healthcare is raising a new emerging market fund which will invest in non-hospital health care assets in the South East Asia region. The fund has a target of $200m and is expected to make its first investment in the first half of 2023.

Philippines in crisis as 40% of nurses quit

Two in five Filipino nurses have quit working in their home market over the past year leaving the hospitals in the grip of a care crisis. The country is already a high exporter of nurses globally but poor wages and working conditions may push even more to migrate. 

Suitors line up to buy $1bn Fullerton

Private equity firms Coalition Capital Partners and Warburg Pincus are reportedly short-listed to acquire South East Asian healthcare services provider Fullerton Healthcare Group for $1 billion.

HBI 2020: Emerging Markets – local trumps medical tourism

The IFC said at HBI 2020 that medical tourism in emerging markets is unlikely to normalise until the end of 2021. Providers say they are already doubling and tripling plans to build in domestic markets, rather than bringing patients to tourism hubs. 

BIMA raises $30m as it hits 2m teleconsultations in emerging markets

BIMA, an insurance and telehealth platform working in nine emerging markets, has raised $30m to increase penetration in those markets. It already has 35m insurance policies and has run 2m teleconsultations. HBI speaks to CEO and founder Gustaf Agartson. 

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