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Many hospitals and statutory health insurance funds in Germany are in a difficult financial situation. At the same time, it can be observed that private investors are still interested in the healthcare sector. We asked experts and investors from the healthcare industry how they assess the current situation.

The trend: medical care centers

More and more investor-managed medical care centers (MVZs) are emerging in Germany. Doctors are brought together there on an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary basis. So far, however, this has tended to happen at regional level. In an interview with us, Sibylle Stauch-Eckmann, Chairwoman of the Federal Association of Medical Care Center Operators, provides first-hand insights into how this trend will develop and what it means for patient care and doctors' working conditions.

Dr. Gerald Loos from Meliva GmbH explains the advantages of MVZs, in which physical healthcare is combined with digital services.

The investor perspective

In this interview, Dr Jörg Peter Heimel describes the current financial situation of healthcare facilities from an investor's perspective. The focus of the interview: Attractive segments for investment, regulatory and political developments as well as investments abroad. He also explains why he does not believe that investor interests have a negative impact on access to medical care.

The investment company GIMV holds an extensive portfolio of companies in the German-speaking healthcare sector. Philipp von Hammerstein, Partner in the Health & Care team, provides an insight into strategy and challenges when it comes to investing in the future of the sector. He attaches particular importance to ESG criteria. ESG is also a decisive element for the development of companies for the investor Triton. Anja Bickelmeier, Investment Advisory Professional and Co-Head of Healthcare, also talks to us about the importance of investing in the German healthcare sector in order to continue to ensure high-quality and stable care.

Publicly (under)financed

In two further articles, we look at the situation of publicly funded institutions such as statutory health insurance funds and non-profit hospitals. We talk to Tom Ackermann, Chairman of the Board of AOK NordWest, about the impact of legislative reforms on financing in the healthcare sector, the shortage of skilled workers, process automation and the use of artificial intelligence. The Managing Director of Katholischer Krankenhausverband Deutschland e.V., Bernadette Rümmelin, explains how she intends to overcome the upcoming financially strained years through cooperation and the formation of alliances.

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