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UK applies €1.5bn band aid to care sector in crisis

The UK government has pledged £1.5bn (€1.6bn) to local authorities' social care budgets in order to tide the care sector over for another year (which includes both nursing homes and homecare). But while councils welcome the funding, a market investor tells us it won't be sufficient to patch up a system in crisis. A provider tells us the amount is in line with what the sector expected but is a tempory solution.

Visualising the crisis in homecare staff

The ratio between nurses and personal carers and populations over 65 tells you a lot about a country's ability to provide adequate homecare. Here we track the number for eight OECD countries. Overall the ratio has dropped.

Tariff cuts and new regulation hit Swiss imaging sector

Regulatory reforms and tariff cuts for diagnostic imaging services in Switzerland have hit the sector hard, more than halving annual revenue growth for the all-private outpatient sector and limiting organic expansion. Yet the impact has still not been as bad as first feared, a source tells us.

Interview: Peter Graf, CEO, Tiohundra

Uniquely, we think in Europe, Tiohundra, an organisation serving a municipality of 62,000, has fully merged social care and health care delivery. Social care (elderly care, disabled care, homecare, psychiatry) and health care (hospitals and primary care) – have been melded in to a single organisation. So what are the learnings? And are we going […]

Share prices plummet at prospect of health insurance ‘ban’ in South Africa

Shares in South Africa's biggest health insurer have plunged 20% since the publication of a new NHI bill which proposes 'banning' health insurance for the vast majority of healthcare funding. Private hospital share values have also taken a nose-dive. HBI speaks to Discovery's CEO and assesses who else might be hit by the changes.

Belgian nursing home bed ratios could halve by 2025

Bed numbers in Belgium are highly regulated and we hear from a mid-market operator that ratios could almost halve by 2025. Is there a solution, and where does this leave the for-profit sector?

Turkey looks to cut imaging over-use

Independent sources tell HBI the Turkish government cut tariffs for imaging by, on average, 5% last year as part of a move to crack down on unnecessary scans.

Private sector preps for second stage of Ukrainian reform

The Ukrainian government has started to unveil how the country's hospital sector will operate when it's added into ongoing healthcare reforms at the beginning of next year. HBI explores opportunities for the private sector.

Japan: Overview of health and care system and LT care insurance

Japan has a large and thriving for-profit elderly care sector and leads the world with its long-term insurance policy that is mandatory for everyone over 40.  We talk to Matt McEnany, a manager at the Japanese think tank Health and Global Policy Institute about the Japanese care and hospital sectors, the direction of reform, the market share of the top five for-profit groups in care and plans to export the Japanese model.

German nurse numbers to improve with reform underway

Three German ministries have come together to tackle the country's nursing staff crisis, proposing "binding measures" to be implemented next year. HBI speaks to a domiciliary care provider which is enthusiastic about these changes, but the legislation has already encountered problems.

NHI bills passed in South Africa and Uganda

South Africa's health minister has plans to put the country's drawn-out NHI bill to parliament within eight months after its recent cabinet approval. Uganda's cabinet, too, has agreed an NHI bill to send to parliament. But many details remain unclear.

Liberal fertility markets attract the for-profit sector

Regulation is key in assessing the viability of for-profit fertility markets, according to a recent report from HBI intelligence written after months of discussion with operators in EMEA. More liberal markets are almost always more attractive markets.

Save millions, increase life expectancy, boost quality – what happens when you integrate care and healthcare

In almost all countries the provision of healthcare (hospitals, doctors) and social services (homecare, social workers, care homes) are siloed in many ways. Often the payors are different. Often, the two sides barely talk to each other. Often cultures are very different - healthcare can be very top down, for instance. But bringing ALL services together should create huge synergies, cost savings and a much stronger sense of community and empowerment.

Insurance scheme launches in Egypt

Egypt has launched its long-awaited universal insurance scheme, giving citizens the freedom to choose between public and private providers. Coverage is being phased in piecemeal. One GCC-based healthcare group has already committed to building two more hospitals in the country.

Amended SOTE law more likely to go through

We hear a diluted version of Finland's SOTE reform remains on the cards, despite its failure to get voted through parliament in its original form. Consultancy Nordic Healthcare Group explains what this means for the private sector, and an expert in Finnish health and social care reform tells us what needs to happen next.

Change in legislation triggers race to consolidate Italian pharmacies

The price of pharmacies in Italy is soaring, HBI hears – and one new group looks to be setting the early pace in the race to create a network after legislation was passed allowing corporate ownership. Previously, pharmacy businesses could only be owned by licenced pharmacists but, on the recommendation of the Italian Competition Authority, […]

NHS to facilitate integrated care

The NHS in England prides itself on the strength of its primary care. This service is set to become the backbone in the delivery of integrated care with primary care doctors coming together with pharmacies, care homes, hospitals and wider social care. The aim? To deliver better care that encourages prevention and patient recorded outcomes. So far the movement feels a little hobbyist. But payment and rewards are coming into place and it has funding for the next five years. Even the massive silos between social services and healthcare are being bridged. We report from Confed19 in Manchester.

Hirslanden hospital closure looms as tariff and Canton reforms bite

Mediclinic-owned Swiss hospital group Hirslanden looks set to close a 28-bed hospital unless "alternative proposals" can be found, blaming tariff changes and moves by the local Canton. It is less than 1% of Hirslanden's sales but is the first casualty of the tariff reforms amongst the hospital market's big players. We talk to the CEOs of both Mediclinic International and Hirslanden about the closure and the Swiss market generally.

FREE BLOG Interview: Julia Khalimova, Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety Specialist, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

A recent study in the Lancet showed that it was more dangerous to have access to poor quality health care than to have no access to health care. That is particularly true in Emerging Markets where quality varies dramatically. Julia Khalimova, Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety Specialist at IFC, the arm of the World Bank that invests in the private sectors of emerging markets, has been studying the field for ten years and IFC has recently launched a tool to enable operators to measure and improve. We talk to her about the problem. What progress has been made? And what is the best solution?
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