At this month's HealthInvestor Summit, which addressed investment activity, market trends and innovation across the sector, Simon Peet spoke about the opportunities in bridging the gap between consumer demand and public-sector provision.
The Market Hotspot panel, attended by a wide range of operators, advisors and investors, addressed the sectors attracting investor interest in a climate of public sector provision struggling to keep up with rising waiting lists, higher volumes coming through the system and an increase in the complexity of demand. Businesses which are able to bridge this supply demand imbalance with a high quality private pay offering are attracting significant attention from investors. We have seen clear responses to these pressures in sectors such as dentistry, IVF and dermatology.
As in other sectors, technology was flagged as a key area of interest. Whilst the investors on the panel highlighted the challenges of picking a “winner” in healthcare technology, all agreed that operators need to utilise tech to better improve their offering in the case of consumer healthcare businesses, or to improve efficiency and productivity for those selling into the public sector.
Overall whilst there are a number of challenges facing providers in the market today, this is resulting in opportunities for bold an innovative entrepreneurs and operators to thrive, and for investors who are prepared to back those individuals build businesses in an evolving market context.
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