News About Healthcare Reform


Does Value Health have a future?

Value health is the revolutionary idea pioneered by Harvard guru Michael Porter. He had the temerity to suggest providers should be rewarded for quality, rather than activity and that the patient should be viewed and consulted as customers. Invented in the early noughties, it hit a high water mark 7-8 years ago when Obamacare was rolled out incorporating the concept. Then it felt like an inexorable river.

DACH: Opportunities and pitfalls

A robust DACH session at HBI 2019 reached broad agreement over the most - and least - favourable areas for investment in healthcare in the region, but struggled to agree on the likely implication of the key legislation about to be brought in.

Can pan-Nordic synergies really exist?

Three of the Nordic's largest operators took to the stage at HBI 2019 to speak about pan-Nordic collaboration. Here's what Fredrik Gren, CEO of Ambea, Alexander Wennergren Helm, CEO of Aleris, and Yrjö Närnhinen, CEO of Terveystalo, said.

How to rationalise and transform healthcare

How do you rationalise healthcare systems, get them to focus on prevention, and reduce wastage? Mckinsey's Senior Partner Penny Dash gave a global overview while major policymakers from the UK, French and Dutch public health systems discussed respective attempts, successes and challenges at HBI Policy Summit's Transformation session.

South African government to outsource more electives

The South African government is taking a more private sector-friendly approach and should start utilising existing private sector capacity for elective surgeries in the next 1-2 years, according to a local operator.

Indian operators looking for ways to make UHC pay

Many of the largest Indian operators are shying away from opting-in to India’s nascent foray into UHC for its poorest residents, for fear of losing too many of their private beds to the system.

Change in financing of Dutch psychiatry could increase tariffs

A new law for the financing of long-term psychiatric care in the Netherlands has been sent to parliament. We speak to a Dutch source on what this could entail for operators on the market, including the possible increase of tariffs by 2021.

Saudi Ministry of Health seeks more dialysis providers

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health is looking for more international operators to provide dialysis services across the Kingdom, despite having recently renewed contracts with Diaverum and DaVita. Local sources tell HBI that the Ministry wants international operators to help fill the supply gap in the Kingdom. The number of patients needing dialysis is expected to […]

Interview: Clare Connell, Connell Consulting  

In seven years Clare has built Connell Consulting to a large experienced team producing commercial due diligence on £5.5bn worth of deals in the last 12 months. That makes Connell Consulting the biggest commercial due diligence adviser within the UK social care sector. Here we look at the common assumptions in nursing home sector. Are they right?

Kenya’s NHIF accredits thousands of for-profit beds but UHC still some way off

Kenya's National Health Insurance Fund has released a list of all accredited inpatient hospitals, 20-25% of which are for-profits, as it goes through a series of reforms to achieve the holy grail of Universal Health Coverage. But the former chairman of one of the country's largest hospital groups tells us the full achievement of the […]

Ukraine healthcare reform in doubt

The future of Ukraine's wide-sweeping healthcare reforms is in doubt after political manoeuvres to oust the country's acting health minister. 

Brazilian telemedicine’s false start

Brazil's Federal Medical Council (CFM) has re-banned telemedicine just 19 days after it unbanned the practice. A well-connected source says it could take many months for the resolution to pass afresh. 

Medgate talks about its Rhoen JV

Last month we reported that Medgate had moved into Germany through a JV with the country's fourth largest hospital group. We caught up with the company to discuss models, reimbursement and the market. 

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