Industry insights.

2019 Global Health Care Outlook

Shaping the future.

With financial sustainability, care delivery, patient centricity, digital transformation, and regulatory compliance at the top of the agenda, health care sector leaders need to collaborate with all stakeholders - both within the health care ecosystem and those in converging industries - as they look to shape the future of health care and establish a sustainable smart health community.

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Find out how technology is accelerating innovation across healthcare

Healthcare facilities, medical device manufacturers and service providers across the globe are constantly innovating to remain competitive and offer new and improved treatments to patients.

See how technological advances and innovations are changing the healthcare landscape and what new opportunities are developing in the coming years that will impact your business.

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GCC Healthcare industry overview.

Stay up-to-date with this glimpse into current market trends and where the industry is headed in the region.

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Hospital supply chain strategies.

A cost-effective and efficient supply chain is an integral part of a hospital or medical facility’s functioning and is one of the main tools in maximising a provider’s revenue. In fact, the cost of a hospital supply chain is only second to labour cost representing a huge burden on the efficacy of a healthcare facility.

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GCC healthcare snippets.

  • In view of the anticipated rise in the number of patients, the GCC may require a collective bed capacity of 118,295 by 2022, indicating a demand for 12,358 new beds.
  • The region has over 700 healthcare projects worth US$ 60.9 billion under various stages of development. More than 85% of the projects, by value, are hospital projects and rest are clinics and research centres. Of the total, 264 projects worth US$ 24.7 billion are under the construction stage.
  • The average health inflation in the GCC was 5.5% in 2017 and is estimated to remain at around 4.0% through 2022.

Latest regional hospital projects.

  • KSA: In November 2017, Dallah Healthcare and AWJ Investment Co. (AWJ) formed a joint venture to build and operate a hospital. Dallah Healthcare, with a 56% stake, will invest SAR 350 million (US$ 93.3 million*) for the construction of the hospital, while the land will be provided by AWJ.
  • UAE: In January 2018, Zulekha Healthcare announced its plans to build a 150-bed hospital in Sharjah and add 60 inpatient beds, operation theatres, emergency services and labour rooms to its existing hospital in Dubai. 

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6 big investment bets in the GCC.

  • One: Primary care services 2.0: Within the GCC countries, integrated technology enabled primary healthcare centres are the need of the hour. The lag in delivering care expected from them and the growing concern over their ability to survive in the current health care system has led to concerns and spurred an outlook for alternatives. The traditional models that have been conventionally delivering primary care in many GCC countries have not evolved at the pace that was needed, especially with growing health services demand from patients and the growing burden of chronic diseases. Hence, we can expect the proportion of spending on primary care-led or supported propositions to rise significantly as new models emerge and as technology enables us to bridge the gap between traditional health care models and the existing service offerings.
  • Two: Development of specialised centres of excellence: Future investments in the GCC health sector are expected to be driven primarily to fill the quality gap in health service delivery as opposed to just a demand-supply gap in physical infrastructure, where significant investments have already been made in most GCC countries. We have seen a visible shift in some GCC countries where a large portion of upcoming projects are in specialised facilities focusing on one or a limited number of specialties with the aim to develop centres of excellence (CoEs). CoEs are healthcare facilities focused on providing high-quality care through multidisciplinary teams. They have the ability to charge premium prices compared to their general hospital counterparts, given the superior quality and technologically advanced services that they are able to provide. A CoE proposition also helps create differentiation in the market, as it ensures provision of end-to-end patient care maintaining the continuum and could result in improved clinical outcomes in the specialties and services the centre is focused on.

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  • EY – Investment big bets: Health care and life sciences in the GCC
  • Deloitte. - 2018 Global Health Care Outlook
  • Alpen Capital – GCC Healthcare Industry report

28 - 31 January 2019