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Bringing costs down in South East Asia

HBI State of the Regions continued on Tuesday morning with a look at SE Asia. It's "overloaded" in some parts with "substantial coverage gaps" in others, with big provider/payor conflict in most. Eduardo Banzon from the Asian Development Bank, Cole Sirucek from DocDoc, and Angus Slater from Bupa talk about the biggest challenges and opportunities on the continent.

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.

Strand Medical CEO on why costs differ so much globally

Why do the prices of medical procedures vary so much globally? We talk to Jussi Rantanen, CEO at Strand Medical, a consultancy that specialises in analysing the cost and the quality of care internationally. An orthopaedic surgeon, here is his take on the differences.

Special report: How rationing care in the pandemic is killing the elderly

People over the age of 80 are up to three times more likely to die of a COVID-19 infection in countries using rigid rationing guidelines that can exclude the elderly from intensive care - and sometimes even from hospital. HBI's extensive analysis of death, hospital and ICU data reveals that Sweden has lost eight times more, England seven and the Netherlands six of its elderly population compared to Germany. In a special report, we explore how rationing killed the elderly.

Propco investment booms in Germany, struggles elsewhere

Healthcare property investment levels have boomed in Germany and plummeted in the UK for the first nine months of 2020 compared to five-year averages, data from JLL shows. Across Europe, deal value has all-but-matched 2015-2019.

RAD-x (finally) enters German imaging

Gilde Healthcare-backed imaging platform RAD-x has entered the German imaging sector with the acquisition of a three-centre group, HBI can reveal, and expects to close more deals in the coming months.

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.

Operators in Russia and ex-CIS hit hard by COVID

State financing has seen little growth in expenditure in Russia over the last couple of years, while former CIS countries are struggling to fund robust healthcare systems. Despite this, panellists at HBI's Russia and Former CIS - State of the Regions discussion last week found some reasons to be positive.

At $2.4bn, Rede D’Or IPO would be emerging market hospital record

Brazil's largest private hospital chain Rede D'Or's December 10 IPO could raise US$2.4bn, which would make it the largest emerging market hospital listing ever and second overall. That is despite the fact 2020 revenue is flat and net profit is down 80% due to COVID-19.

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