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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.

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?

PE sniffing around Aleris

Investor is to complete its pullout from the health care services sector according to sources. Having flogged Aleris' primary care arm to and its care business to Ambea, we hear it now wants to sell off its hospital business in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

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.

FREE BLOG Ten more things we learned at HBI 2019

Here are 10 more things that piqued our interest at HBI 2019, where sector stakeholders from payors to investors come together to grapple with the biggest and most interesting issues of the year.

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.

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