Outpatient (ex Primary Care)


UK NHS patients to get “largest expansion of patient choice in a decade”

Pilots to test offering NHS patients a choice of multiple providers, including private ones, for certain types of routine out-of-hospital care will begin in selected local areas in the autumn, in what the UK government is hailing as “the largest expansion of patient choice in the NHS in a decade”. The new options for patients could help reduce waiting lists and improve care, but risk being underutilised, as has been the fate of the NHS’ other choice-expanding initiatives to date.

Aster DM GCC sale completed

The sale of the GCC division of healthcare conglomerate Aster DM has been completed for approximately $1bn.

Terveystalo acquires SRK Group Oy to expand imaging service capabilities

Terveystalo (TTALO, Nasdaq Nordic), Finland's second largest private healthcare company, has announced its acquisition of SRK Group Oy, a provider of imaging services in the country. The acquisition, announced on April 3rd, represents a significant step for Terveystalo in its efforts to extend its range of healthcare services.

The 20-30% AI productivity boost available to health care providers right now

AI has the potential to boost productivity in health care in myriad ways. The most transformative applications will take time to be implemented, not just because of the nascent stage of the technology itself, but also because of lagging regulation and change-resistant clinicians. But there are applications which providers can implement right now that can provide huge productivity boosts. Oskari Eskola, CEO of BeeHealthy, a Mehilainen (Finland’s largest private health care group) spin-out that helps providers and insurers digitise, talks us through some of these.

The new way to consolidate?

Consolidation has been the primary way that PE-backed private health care groups have grown in Europe. A lot of the low hanging fruit has now been picked. But canny investors are adopting new models to open up new consolidation opportunities.

A bright future for Finnish providers

Positive results from three Finnish healthcare giants indicate the market is on an exciting trajectory. Janne-Olli Järvenpää, CEO of Mehiläinen, the largest of the three groups, explains the opportunities for both outsourcing and private-pay - and how independent operators can make the most of booming demand in what may be Europe's "most advanced healthcare market in terms of private-pay".

Affidea solidifies presence in Spain and Romania

Pan-European imaging and diagnostic firm Affidea is expanding in Spain and Romania. Its acquisitions of Clinica Atenea in Valencia and Odelga Imagistics clinic in Bucharest bring the number of Affidea’s centers in Europe to 340, cementing its influence in the region.

Aster DM sells majority stake in Gulf business for $1bn

Dubai-based listed hospital and pharmacy chain Aster DM is selling a majority 65% stake in its Gulf business for a shade over $1bn to a consortium led by PE investor Fajr Capital. HBI investigates the thinking behind the deal, what this means for the group's expansion plans, and looks at the future of the GCC market generally with the help of expert commentary. 

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