Primary Care


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.

Government pressure could see mass resignations of Hungarian doctors

The Hungarian government has demonised the Hungarian Medical Chamber (MOK) after the doctor's union warned its members not to sign up to an on-call system for GPs. It sparks fresh concerns of a workforce exodus at a time when patients are increasingly turn to private care - and could be a boon for for-profits.

Legal challenges may derail German investor crackdown

HBI hears German health minister Karl Lauterbach’s plan to stop “locust investors” from buying up outpatient facilities may be shot down by a double whammy of legal and political considerations. HBI speaks to a Germany-based lawyer and healthcare expert to find out more.

Mayo promises to support loss-making London centre

US-based nonprofit American academic medical centre Mayo Clinic has offered "unconditional" financial support - at least until January 31, 2024 - to its London facility, despite the latter losing millions. Meanwhile, Cleveland Clinic continues to expand in the UK capital.

Interview: Barry Mulholland, MBI Healthcare Technologies

Barry Mulholland is founding partner at MBI Healthcare Technologies, a UK digital health company that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to find and fix data inaccuracies in hospital administration systems. He tells us how he believes AI platforms can help solve the elective care crisis.

EU approves new digi-physical primary care service in Ireland

The EU has given the green light to a joint venture between Centric Health, Ireland’s only major private primary care chain, and Irish Life Health, one of Ireland’s four private health insurers. The joint venture will provide a new digi-physical primary care service to Irish Life Health customers. 

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