Private healthcare providers are part of the solution

While the share of private healthcare provision varies between countries, in recent years the Western European healthcare systems have increased the proportion of private healthcare providers. When the strongly increasing demand for healthcare services puts increasing pressure on healthcare budgets, private providers are increasingly viewed as part of the solution, so as to be able to offer healthcare of good quality, with high productivity, and thereby a cost-effective solution for the system – for the benefit of the healthcare system, as well as patients, who experience shorter waiting times. There are generally two models for how the public system can shift patient volumes from public to private providers: via tendered contracts or by introducing free healthcare choice through authorizations. Going forward, Capio expects a further increase in the share of healthcare services provided by private operators in Europe.