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Good news for Abu Dhabi operators

The Abu Dhabi government had made a U-turn on its July 2016 decision to impose a 20% co-pay on private services for Thiqa cardholders. It has also lifted all IVF-related restrictions. This is good news for private operators present in the emirate, including NMC and Mediclinic.

Saudi beckons for UAE’s National Reference Lab

National Reference Laboratory (NRL), a fast growing lab network in the United Arab Emirates, which has partnered with the Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), wants to become a regional player and is now looking beyond the UAE. We spoke to its marketing manager, Dr Bisera Laksinka.

UK dentistry group signs £15m deal with JSE-listed investor

Dentex Healthcare Group, a UK dental partnership network that launched three years ago, is getting a £15m investment from South African-Mauritian firm Universal Partners to expand across the UK. We speak to Dentex CEO Barry Lanesman.

How, why and whether to outsource labs in India

With outsourcing in the lab diagnostics sector expected to rise in mature markets, what does the picture look like in emerging economies? Abhishek Singh, chief of strategy at Valiance Health and Ankur Bharti, CEO of Reheal Clinics (both ex-PwC) tell Healthcare Nova that hospitals are increasingly like to seek external partners to help run their pathology business.
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Insight & Interviews

HBI 2017: Are non-specialised hospitals doomed?

As payers move away from rewarding volume towards rewarding value, care delivery is increasingly organised outside of hospitals. But to what extent is it happening? Speakers at the 2017 HBI conference suggested that while it is too early too announce the death of hospital care, operators are facing some severe disruptions.

HBI 2017: What is changing in the healthcare landscape in Emerging Markets?

Emerging Markets will make up 68% of the global GDP and 59% of global consumer spending growth by 2030. But how is the investment landscape changing, and where is the money flowing to? At the HBI 2017 conference in London, Hedley Goldberg, global head of healthcare services at Rothschild, Chinta Bhagat, head of Global Healthcare at Malaysian investment fund Khazanah Nasional Berhad, a big investor in hospital chain IHH, and Khawar Mann, managing director for healthcare at Abraaj, shared their expert views.

Interview: Neil van Heerden, Chief Marketing Officer at Caremondo and FairMed Online

Singapore-based second opinions group FairMed Online bought the Munich-based Caremondo medical tourism agency three months ago. That gives FairMed control over a patient pathway that stretches from a new diagnosis to treatment - but also across the world. Neil van Heerden, chief marketing officer at FairMed, told us what’s next for the rapidly growing online player.

Interview: Frederic Llordachs, co-founder of review and booking site Doctoralia

Doctoralia, the Spanish-based online healthcare appointment booking and review site with a strong presence in Latin America merged with its Polish-based competitor DocPlanner last year. Healthcare Europa talks to Doctoralia co-founder Dr. Frederic Llordachs, now a partner at DocPlanner, about business models, the merger, and the future of booking sites.

Interview: Fadil Elamin, Founder, Khartoum Dentist, Sudan

Sudan is open for business. And those willing to take the risk of entering a previously sieged economy, may find themselves turning over more than $32m a year, just like Fadil Elamin who runs Khartoum Dentist, a growing chain of dental clinics in the capita

Interview: Prof Dr Hatem Elgabaly, CEO, RX Health Management

A serial healthcare entrepreneur who also spent five years as Egypt’s Minister of Health and Population, Prof Elgabaly is now raising a $200m healthcare fund for investment in Healthcare in Africa and is already at present proceeding with investments. We talk to him about the Egyptian and wider African markets and about his investment approach.

Interview: Ariel Beery, CEO of MobileODT – turning mobile phones into diagnostic equipment

Are mobile phones the latest in high-tech, low cost diagnostic equipment? The humble mobile is being transformed into a medical tool, and the team behind this transformation say their bolt-on device brings expert clinical diagnosis to previously inaccessible areas. We caught up with Ariel Beery, co-founder and CEO of Israel-based MobileODT - which is in the running for the HBI Best Use of Digital Award at our 2017 conference in April - about his business model.

Interview: Dr Nelson Gitonga, CEO of Insight Health Advisors

With experience of supporting the private sector, NGOs, development partners and the Kenyan Government, Dr Nelson Gitonga is well versed in the Kenyan health system. Right now, his services are likely to be in high demand. The country’s healthcare market is buzzing with foreign entrants and local players looking to cash in on a period of rapid growth. In this interview, Gitonga puts recent developments in their historical context and points to some areas of common oversight.
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Reports

Real solutions for retention and recruitment

Recruitment, retention and training are now the primary challenges for the healthcare services industry. The obvious solution to keeping staff - paying more – is no longer working. Private operators around the world are now fishing in a global market that's short of 15m healthcare workers. So what practical solutions are operators putting into force and what really works? We talk to 25 operators from across the world.

MBAs and executive training courses – are they worth the time and money?

You can’t become an expert in healthcare services overnight - but there are courses, MBAs or much shorter executive training courses - which say they can help to transform you or your staff into the next generation of healthcare managers, leaders and entrepreneurs. But can they really do this - and are they good value for money? Where should you send yourself, or your staff, to fill any gaps in knowledge that might be putting the brakes on a career? And does it matter if the management course isn’t focussed on healthcare at all?

Spotlight on labs: India and Brazil

We look at labs in India, and profile the big lab and imaging groups in Brazil. Future articles will also look at the sector in China and across SE Asia and Africa.

The future of healthcare in Nigeria: PPPs and the NHIS?

Healthcare investors generally take a fancy to Nigeria. Africa’s most populous country has a growing middle class and will one day finally put some distance between itself and South Africa as its largest economy. The petrodollars already flow freely into healthcare. But no one has bothered to keep them in the country: not the existing fragmented private sector, nor the government, which has other priorities – President Buhari has been treated in London, after all! So, surely, all that’s left to do is fly in, start a JV with a local partner, consolidate and cut off the medical tourism leak at source?

Latam countries thriving despite recession

Despite, or perhaps because of the recession, prospects for private healthcare services in Latin America are good. The financial crisis in public healthcare is forcing governments to rethink attitudes to the private sector and to open up the sector to external investors. And new, innovative models are emerging. In this 6,000 word report we give a detailed analysis of the six main markets – Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Colombia, and over the next few days we'll be profiling those major players, country by country.

Universal health coverage and private health care: Friends or foes?

Universal Health Coverage is now explicitly targeted by the third sustainable development goal set out by the United Nations. Increasingly, governments around the world want to offer it to their citizenry. Where the capacity will come from is less certain. In this report, Healthcare Nova asks experts at the forefront of UHC schemes from India to Mexico, where UHC is today and what role the private sector should play in extending healthcare access to the poor?

Private insurers in East Asia: Between a rock and a hard place

Private medical insurers face colossal problems in China, India and across South East Asia. At this month’s Asia Healthcare Summit in Singapore, they were better at describing the challenges of culture, fraud and overtreatment than they were at coming up with solutions.

KPMG report: Global trends in aged care

In its Global trends in aged care report, KPMG identifies five key themes that are likely to shape the elderly care market - based on interviews with experts in 20 countries.
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