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CARE gets serious in Myanmar

India’s CARE Hospitals is close to signing an exclusive partnership agreement with two hospital groups in Myanmar bringing its entry into the market one step closer.

Could strong growth in Brazil attract investor interest?

One of Brazil’s largest private hospitals has seen strong growth despite employment and health insurance coverage plummeting during the country's recession. Now that left-wing former president Dilma Rousseff has been impeached, the manager of this surprisingly profitable hospital expects foreign investors to start taking notice.

Why foreign investors have not flocked to Brazil – despite deregulation

The Brazilian healthcare market opened up to foreign investment in 2015 – but has yet to see a lot of foreign investment bar a couple of large players. Why is this, what is the best model for operators, and where should they be looking? Healthcare Nova speaks to Brazil-based Marcelo do Ó, managing director at global consultants LEK.
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Insight & Interviews

Interview: Anand Narayan, managing partner, Creador India

Last month, Malaysia-based private equity house Creador invested in a healthcare services company - its first foray into the healthcare market. Healthcare Nova speaks to Anand Narayan, managing partner at Creador India, after it bought a 22% stake in Indian hospital chain Paras Healthcare for US$42m. Why did Creador want to invest in a company operating in some of India's poorest states?

Interview: Ngu Morchu, MD and founder of Yako Medical Africa

How do you solve a problem like Nigerian healthcare? With a negligible private insurance market and limited-reach public healthcare system, it’s going to take an honest appraisal of the country’s problems and entrepreneurs with vision and drive to turn things around. Healthcare Nova speaks to Ngu Morchu, MD and founder of Yako Medical Africa which is pioneering new business models in imaging. He claims to have an answer, and he says it starts with creating “Africa’s Affidea”.

FREE Why foreign investors have not flocked to Brazil – despite deregulation

The Brazilian healthcare market opened up to foreign investment in 2015 – but has yet to see a lot of foreign investment bar a couple of large players. Why is this, what is the best model for operators, and where should they be looking? Healthcare Nova speaks to Brazil-based Marcelo do Ó, managing director at global consultants LEK.

Interview: George Muchanya, deal manager, Growthpoint Properties

South Africa’s first healthcare REIT, Growthpoint Healthcare, will launch this month promoted by the investor Growthpoint. Deal manager George Muchanya talks to Healthcare Nova about the Big Three of Netcare, Mediclinic and Life, and who else might be in the market to sell some of their assets.

Interview: Zeeshan Syed, CEO at start up Health(at)Scale, on big data now and in 3-5 years

Using AI and machine learning to interpret big data promises to cut fraud, cut costs, deliver massive system improvements and improve diagnosis. Worldwide, there are probably over a thousand IT companies seeking to use big data to improve healthcare outcomes, ranging from Dr Watson, Microsoft, Google, Siemens, Philips and GE through to a myriad of start ups.

Interview: Meena Ganesh, serial entrepreneur behind Portea

How do you convince investors to lend you $46.5m to build a homecare business, when you’ve no experience as a healthcare operator? Healthcare Nova speaks to serial entrepreneur Meena Ganesh, CEO and one half of the dynamic husband and wife duo behind Portea in India, and asks her how she built the business, and about Portea’s plans for the future.

Interview: Pinak Shrikhande, principal at PE house HealthQuad

Pinak Shrikhande is principal of Delhi-based HealthQuad, a Singapore-based private equity house and Quadria Capital's offshoot company which is investing in healthcare. What is its investment philosophy, and approach to developing assets in telemedicine and recruitment? Healthcare Nova finds out more.

Chinese investors – ready to take the plunge in Brazil?

Are the Chinese targeting the Brazilian healthcare market in a big way ahead of an expected boom, and if so, what are they planning to do? And why is one of the largest PE houses in the country planning to exit one of the country's largest healthcare maintenance organisations (HMOs)? Healthcare Nova speaks with Martin Benitez, CEO of Brazilian advisory MR Consultoria, about the state of the Brazilian healthcare market.
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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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