Interview: Dagmar Dvorakova, CEO and Prof. Dr. Roland Staudinger, managing director, Aquilia Health Group

Smart reha, medical malls, how to best deploy new medtech, Fresenius Vamed veterans both, Dagmar and Roland are full of ideas on how to best build and run health care service models from acute hospitals to rehab and outpatient. Two and a half years ago they quit the mothership to set up Aquila which now employs 45 and runs projects in China, SE Asia, Austria, Germany and the Czech Rep.

Health care tourism market recovering fast in Thailand

Thai healthcare tourism is set to recover in 2022, after the dive caused by the restrictions in international traffic caused by the COVID pandemic, say analysts. We look at the results for listed hospital group Bumrungrad, which has built its business on medical tourism and cares for over 1.1m patients a year from 190 countries, and talk to Kasem Prunratanmala, Head of Equity Research at Principal Malaysia Titans Plus Fund.

Thailand open for vaxxed medical tourists

Thailand has re-opened for medical tourists without quarantine as the country seeks to revive its ailing medical tourism sector. We look at the impact that the 18-month ban has had on the country's big hospital groups Bumrungrad International Hospital and Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (BDMS).

Vaccine tours to claw back medical tourism losses

A handful of medical tourism hubs are starting to organise 'vaccine tours' in a bid to replace lost revenue, HBI hears. The idea is to fly the wealthy to somewhere they can get a COVID-19 jab.

HBI 2020: Emerging Markets – local trumps medical tourism

The IFC said at HBI 2020 that medical tourism in emerging markets is unlikely to normalise until the end of 2021. Providers say they are already doubling and tripling plans to build in domestic markets, rather than bringing patients to tourism hubs. 

Thailand starts to welcome back medical tourists

Thailand's government has re-opened the country for medical tourists by launching a new special visa that at least 1,700 people have already applied for. The news will be welcome for major medical tourism operators like Bumrungrad whose shares are down 33% on a like-for-like basis.

BDMS makes offer for Bumrungrad

Thailand’s largest private hospital operator Bangkok Dusit Medical Service (BDMS), the biggest shareholder in Bumrungrad Hospital (BH), has launched a tender offer for the remainder of the shares it doesn’t own.

Interview: Julian Andriesz, CEO, Verita Healthcare

The massive latent demand to live longer is being tapped by a new generation of health care providers. British entrepreneur Julian Andriesz, 53, made a first fortune building business in SE Asia and got into prevention after watching his mother die of ovarian cancer, diagnosed late. He says his intention is to help his clients, whether they are healthy, have cancer or auto-immune diseases, to live longer, better lives. Verita has a chain of 10 clinics, believes its digital health disease prevention and management platform is about to become the largest in the world and owns IP, and research and manufacturing in Europe, Asia and Australia.

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