Updates
Jun25

Update 25 June 2020

Here in the Netherlands we now have (almost) tropical weather. I hope that you are also able to enjoy summer weather and all its associated pleasures and not be too troubled by less nice aspects such as bugs. It seems that summer also entails less news. In this update we cover:

  • Bergman opens new clinic and seems to be back in business. When will the sales process be restarted?
  • Health minister moves financing from home care to long-term care. Is this contrary to government strategy and policy?
Jun09

Update 9 June 2020

One of the stranger effects of the corona-crisis for me personally is that I have become much more interested in my garden. In addition to buying plants, this involves worrying whether the plants have enough water. I am therefore quite happy that we have had a couple of days of rain recently. In this update we cover a wide range of news from the Dutch healthcare sector:

  • Lower results for Buurtzorg in 2019. What does the future look like?
  • Only half of independent clinics have made use of the “continuation payments” for supporting the Dutch healthcare sector through the corona-crisis. Why not the rest?
  • Yet another hospital-merger is called off. Who will be next?
  • Correction: Location to be refurbished by Cofinimmo will fit within the housing component of the traditional Dutch nursing home financing
May26

Update 26 May 2020

More good news from the Netherlands. When the cafes are opened on June 1 and you decide to go out for a beer with friend (or on a first date, as may be the case with my daughters) you are now allowed to sit together at the same table and closer than 1.5 meters from each other. Even more good news is that it is possible to write this update and only indirectly touch on corona-related issues:

  • Consolidation continues in nursing home sector. Which company will be acquired next?
  • Cofinimmo investment will lead to high rental costs. Is there a trend away from direct government financing of housing costs for nursing home clients?
  • Corona not expected to have a long-term effect on Dutch nursing home sector. Is the Dutch market more attractive than other countries?
May12

Update 12 May 2020

Here in the Netherlands Corona-restrictions are now starting to be eased. Among other things we are now allowed to fix our corona-hair and from 1 June cafes will be allowed to serve customers on terraces (let us hope that the nice weather stays). Another sign of the changing times is that it is getting easier to find news that is not corona-related:

  • Yet another hospital merger is called off. Will this trend towards smaller, regionally based organizations continue?
  • A new long-term contract between healthcare insurer and mental healthcare provider. What will be the next step in changing the financing of psychiatric care in the Netherlands?
  • Dutch healthcare organizations will be compensated for corona-related losses but are still deeply worried about their financial situation. What are consequences for investments?
Apr29

Update 29 April 2020

The world is still in the grips of the Corona virus, but it appears that in many countries (including the Netherlands) the worst has passed. However, there are still reasons to be cautious and the economic consequences will be very large. Maybe it is a sign of the times that while Corona still dominates the news, I have actually managed to find two news items that are not Corona-related:

  • High mortality rates in Dutch nursing homes confirmed. What will be the financial consequences for the sector?
  • Overall Dutch economy in steep decline, but major bank believes that the healthcare sector will grow. Is this good news?
  • Unilabs acquisition of Saltro completed. Will there be more consolidation in the diagnostics sector?
  • Supplier of mobility aids is bankrupt. Bankruptcy not due to Corona
Apr15

Update 15 April 2020

All news still seems to be about Corona, and worldwide the number of people struggling with the consequences of the disease and the number of deaths related to Corona is still increasing. The only “good” news seems to be that in the countries that were the early targets of the virus the worst seems to have passed and society is slowly being opened up.

Here in the Netherlands the number of people being admitted to hospitals due to Corona seems to have peaked and discussions have started up concerning how the country can be “opened up” again.  Key news that will have long-term consequences for the (commercial) healthcare sector are:

  • Hidden disaster in nursing homes as Corona-related deaths increase. What will be the long-term consequences for the sector?
  • Financial directors in the healthcare sector expect hard times. Will important investments be delayed?
Apr01

Update 1 April 2020

Since my last update the world has more or less stopped and there is no news to report from the Netherlands that is not Corona-related:

  • Bergman Clinics have closed all non-critical activities. What will happen to the sales process?
  • The Government and banks will provide financial support to the Dutch healthcare sector. How will organizations cope?
  • Report highlights secondary effects of Corona crisis. What will be the effects on healthcare organizations and patients?
Apr01

Update 17 March 2020

We are living in crazy times. I am sure that you are all sharing my worries about both the present and the future. At the moment we cannot do anything but follow set rules and suggested advice. Let us do our utmost best to support the front-line healthcare worker dealing with the direct effects of the corona virus. One of the best ways  to do this is to stay healthy and make sure that you do not do anything that can spread the virus. Keep strong!

Even though it seems that the world is stopping this is luckily not the case, and there is actually interesting news to report from the Dutch healthcare sector:

  • Bergman Clinics still open for business. What will happen to the sales process?
  • Private equity the key driver for acquisitions in the Dutch healthcare market. Will interest continue to grow?
  • Orpea makes new acquisition. Who is now the market leader?
  • Key judgement makes provision of long-term care more attractive. Will there be more activity in the sector?
  • In our snapshot we provide an overview of the TopzorgGroep, a chain of physiotherapy providers
Mar17

Update 17 March 2020

We are living in crazy times. I am sure that you are all sharing my worries about both the present and the future. At the moment we cannot do anything but follow set rules and suggested advice. Let us do our utmost best to support the front-line healthcare worker dealing with the direct effects of the corona virus. One of the best ways  to do this is to stay healthy and make sure that you do not do anything that can spread the virus. Keep strong!

Even though it seems that the world is stopping this is luckily not the case, and there is actually interesting news to report from the Dutch healthcare sector:

  • Bergman Clinics still open for business. What will happen to the sales process?
  • Private equity the key driver for acquisitions in the Dutch healthcare market. Will interest continue to grow?
  • Orpea makes new acquisition. Who is now the market leader?
  • Key judgement makes provision of long-term care more attractive. Will there be more activity in the sector?
  • In our snapshot we provide an overview of the TopzorgGroep, a chain of physiotherapy providers
Mar03

Update 3 March 2020

Yesterday in the morning we actually had some snow, but it disappeared quite quickly. Was this the winter of 19/20? In this update there is news on a broad range of items:

  • Little news about the sales process for Bergman Clinics in the last few weeks, but their Dutch business is doing well. Good news for the sales process?
  • Background for stopped hospital merger explained. What is the future hold for the Langeland hospital?
  • The Dutch Healthcare Authority provides overview of recent merger and acquisitions in the Dutch healthcare sector. Will their wish for an expanded role have consequences?
Feb18

Update 18 February 2020

Last week we had Storm Ciara and in the weekend Storm Dennis crossed the country and apparently Storm Ellen is on her way. No real winter temperatures, but certainly winter winds. In this update a lot of news this time on acquisitions and planned sales.

  • Bergman Clinics in the news. To be acquired or looking for a new investor?
  • Korian is now the largest commercial provider in the Dutch elderly care market. What will Orpea do?
  • Dutch maternity care sector. Crisis or opportunity?
Feb04

Update 4 February 2020

Winter is refusing to come here to the Netherlands. Temperatures are refusing to go below 10 degrees, but it is cold and windy. I hope that you are all either enjoying a real winter or having nice weather. In this update we cover:

  • Clinic specializing in breast cancer opens second location. Success after rocky start?
  • Another hospital merger is stopped. Is the transformation of the hospital sector moving into a new phase?
  • Healthcare insurance companies to be given more flexibility. Will this be good for innovation?
Jan21

Update 21 January 2020

I hope that you are all up to speed again and are enjoying the winter weather. In this update we cover:

  • Health insurance company refusing to support hospital in financial problems. Will another hospital be closed?
  • Private equity makes new investments in healthcare sector. Who will be the next target?
  • Investments in healthcare real estate pass € one billion mark.  Will growth continue?
Jan08

Update 8 January 2020

I hope that you have all enjoyed your vacations and have had a good start to the new decade. In this update we cover:

  • Commercial provider of outpatient mental healthcare services is bankrupt. How attractive is the sector?
  • New report for Dutch government suggests that nursing home capacity in the Netherlands must be doubled. Who will build the new capacity?
  • Trend toward multi-year contracts between insurance companies and operators is continuing. Good news for everybody?
Dec10

Update 10 December 2019

Welcome back to another update on what is going on in the Dutch healthcare sector. In this update we cover:

  • Growing waiting lists for nursing homes. Who will build and operate the required new capacity?
  • Continuing bad press for Ontzorgd Wonen. Bad luck or structural problems?
  • Court cases and closures. Are traditional operators becoming more business-oriented?
  • In our snapshot we give an overview of Ontzorgd Wonen a large supplier of nursing homes that we have written about extensively in the past
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