Healthcare Reform


Opportunities abound as Saudi Arabia plans $13bn private healthcare expansion

Saudi Arabia’s health ministry is making $13bn (SR48bn) plans for 100 healthcare projects that will involve the private sector. The public-private partnership proposals include constructing two new medical cities, a project to provide 900 beds for medical rehabilitation, and long-term care services, and it looks like foreign investors are actively being courted.

Insurers moving from payors to players

Should insurers be payors or players? Should they move from treatment to prevention? How do insurers get better data? These three questions were top of the agenda at the Global Health Insurance Conference in Prague last week.

French labs pushing back against €250m cut

French labs are presenting a united front pushing back against the €250m worth of annual cuts proposed in the 2023 Social Security Budget. All of the sector’s representative bodies have voiced outrage, and a joint letter from the directors of four labs syndicates sent to l’Assurance Maladie’s (CNAM) general director demands tariffs be indexed to inflation saying the sector cannot support further cuts. 

Opportunities in Irish dentistry

The dental market in Ireland may not be the largest in Europe, but it is largely (80% plus) a private market with very little consolidation. So why haven't we seen more consolidation? HBI speaks to a market expert to find out more.

Germany to reduce inpatients by a quarter, as hospitals face insolvency

German health minister Karl Lauterbach is to implement the country's first major health care reform in 20 years. From 2023, hospitals will aim to reduce spiralling costs and remedy the workforce crisis by shifting as much as 25% of their inpatient activity to outpatient and, eventually, closing some clinics and hospitals. HBI chats to German sources to find out more about what this means for for-profit operators.

Three key takeaways from the Pan-European Procurement Summit

A common refrain at the Pan-European Procurement Summit in Brussels was that price and quality are the two biggest concerns for procurement professionals. HBI heard plenty on price – especially price transparency – but rather than quality, attention turned to the growing concerns of sustainability and digitalisation.

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