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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.

IHH Healthcare shows growth

Malaysia and Singapore based Asia-focussed IHH Healthcare’s 2021 results show dynamic growth. Turkish groups are being impacted by the depreciation of the lira, but while revenue from domestic patients in Turkish subsidiary Acibadem shrank between 2017 and 2020, it grew in 2021, up 16.9% year-on-year.

Virtus takeover could lead to M&A push in Europe

Australia-based listed fertility specialist Virtus Health, which also has a footprint in Ireland, Denmark, the UK and Singapore, is the subject of a takeover bid. HBI speaks to an operator source to find out more about the prospects of one of the largest international fertility groups delisting.

Cyberattack hits Fullerton’s vendor partner

A cyberattack on the Agape Connecting People network, a vendor that helps Singapore-based healthcare major Fullerton Health to manage patient appointments and bookings, has resulted in a data leak of Fullerton's patients’ personal information.

US homecare tech specialist buys Home Instead

US-based homecare tech specialist Honor Technology has acquired Home Instead, the global leader of franchise homecare services. The deal creates a global homecare group worth more than $2.1 billion in homecare revenue.  HBI chats with sources including Home Instead's UK CEO to find out what the deal means for markets outside of the United States.

Singapore doctor becomes a billionaire fighting Covid

Loo Choon Yong, executive chairman of Asia-based healthcare provider Raffles Medical Group, has become a billionaire after his company joined the effort to fight Covid-19 sending its profits and share price soaring.

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