Outpatient (ex Primary Care)


European mid-market deals return but top end still quiet

Middle-market M&A is picking up again across healthcare sub-sectors in Europe, but investors are still reluctant to take the leap on larger assets. We round up where deals are - and aren't happening, and why. There is close to €1.2bn revenue up for grabs in the dentistry sector, nearly €1bn in the psychiatry sector, and around €750m in other outpatient services like ophthalmology and IVF.

Life sells Scanmed after second impairment of 2020

South African hospital group Life Healthcare has sold its Polish subsidiary Scanmed to CEE private equity investor Abris for PLN 340m ($91m) but has had to impair the asset by nearly half as the offer came in below the book value.

DACH operators should feel positive about 2021

Despite one of the panellists at HBI's DACH-State of the Regions broadcast last week labelling 2020 "the wildest year in recent history in the healthcare sector", there are lots of reasons to feel positive about Europe's German-speaking countries as we look towards the new year.

COVID vaccine: Shot in the arm the markets needed?

Pfizer shares rocketed 15% on Monday with news of a vaccine that's more than 90% effective. But lab and telehealth shares plummeted upon the announcement while hospitals, care homes and outpatient groups recouped some of their YTD losses. HBI explores what a vaccine might mean across the five sub-sectors.

Integrated model ‘alive and kicking’ despite Banmedica closures

Greater scrutiny is being brought to bear on the use of integrated models in Chile - a practice where any impropriety is sidestepped through the use of holding companies. Where does this leave the likes of UnitedHealth Group-owned Banmedica, which has just closed four health centres in its Vidaintegra network - and why is public concern mounting about private insurers profits?

Deploying new generation apps – 6 things health care operators must get right, and the 13 mistakes they often make

New tech promises to allow humans AI-driven health care conversations over text, voice, and email, leading to real dialogue and much more intelligent monitoring. Some of this stuff is here now.  Here are the six main cornerstones health care operators should know when deploying it, and the 13 big mistakes that affect health care operators when they try and do tech stuff.

Medlife reveals sub-sector impact as summer activity normalises

Listed Romanian operator Medlife's H1 results partially reveal how the national lockdown affected its hospital, lab, dentistry, outpatient, pharmacy and corporate businesses. HBI analysis and investigation reveals the Q2 segment figures and the factors behind average price increases partially offseting sharp volume drops.

COVID widens fault line between outsourcing and private pay in Hungary

Hungary's private pay-focused operators should maintain double-digit growth in 2020 despite COVID-19 while those reliant on public outsourcing face an uncertain future, the chairman of the fourth-largest private acute care provider tells HBI. Affidea just lost a large outsourcing contract while a billionaire and venture capital funds have recently entered the market.

Interview: Arjan Toor, CEO, Cigna Europe

Cigna now describes itself as “a global health service company” rather than an insurer and has reorganised its European operations. Toor has recently been promoted to CEO Europe. He says that the insurer, which has 15% (US$840m) of its revenue in Europe, doesn't want to verticalise through owning primary care providers but wants instead to provide an end-to-end user experience.

IFC loans $5.2m to Ghanaian hospital

The IFC has loaned $5.2m to Nyaho Medical Centre, which claims to be the first private medical centre in Ghana, to help it expand outside of the capital Accra. 

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