Spanish hospital M&A resumes in July

Spain's private hospital groups have resumed their pre-COVID M&A binge in July, with three of the five largest striking deals to acquire smaller competitors. It comes as private hospital activity levels across Europe recover more quickly than previously forecast - although that hasn't prevented casualties amongst some individual sites.

What does a good post-COVID outpatient clinic look like?

Outpatient activity all but came to a standstill as the COVID crisis tightened its grip. A panel of experts comprising Richard Banks, Chief Strategy Officer at international fertility player Virtus Health, Martin Bundschu, Director at Germany-based optical specialist Smile Eyes, former Colosseum Dental CEO Tomas Aubell, and L.E.K. Consulting's global co-head of healthcare Ben Faircloth joined an HBI-365 audience last week to discuss what a good outpatient clinic post-COVID might look like, and how markets have been affected.

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.

Dentix Italia has 120 days to save the business

Spain's biggest dental chain, Dentix, has won a temporary reprieve from its creditors in Italy, but Dentix Italia must now come up with a recovery plan or find a buyer within the next three months.

Spanish for-profits demand COVID compensation

For-profit hospitals and clinics in Spain are facing bankruptcy and closure unless urgent payment is made for work done and financial difficulties faced during the coronavirus pandemic over the last three months, according to The Spanish Private Health Alliance (ASPE), which represents more than 80% of private hospitals in the country. HBI speaks to a Spanish consultant to find out more.

Elderly care post-Covid: HBI Big Picture Seminar

How has Covid affected the elderly care sector across EMEA? To find out, HBI-365, the new global digital platform, brought together a panel of three: Fredrik Gren, CEO and president, Ambea, a sophisticated and large Pan-Scandinavian care group, Alexei Sidnev, CEO, Senior Group, the largest player in a big emerging market, Russia and Pierre-Emanuel Bercegeay, CEO, Ouihelp, a VC-backed, digital-savvy domiciliary homecare start-up in France. The seminar was followed by the first meeting of our HBI-365 elderly community with a useful roundtable on workforce.

Who might buy NMC’s hospital business?

NMC Health's administrators are making it clear that a wholesale selloff of the UAE's largest healthcare company is not viable. Could any of MENA's largest hospital operators - Mediclinic, VPS, and Aster DM - take over the hospital business? And who will be fighting for the rest? HBI speaks to an investor who knows NMC well to find out more.

Labs bounce back and eye opportunities

A v-shaped recovery, new markets, new customers, new entrants, new technology and the ear of big government: the HBI 2020 diagnostics panel discussion reveals new opportunities.

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