Today, Council members enjoyed a discussion with Enrico De Vettori, health service line national leader, Deloitte Brazil, and Martin Leinwand, vice president, corporate development, Healthways, about emerging opportunities for investment in the Brazilian health care market.
Recent changes to health care laws in Brazil now allow for direct foreign investment and ownership in hospitals and other health care entities.
Conditions such as the new regulatory environment and a growing middle class with demand for private health insurance have led to much consolidation and investment in Brazil’s hospitals, said De Vettori.
Leinwand provided an overview of Healthways’ international expansion and recent joint venture with SulAmÃ©rica, the largest independent health insurer in Brazil, with more than 2.5 million members.
Brazil’s health care system is in a transition. Demographic changes are causing a shift in focus from primarily episodic care to chronic disease management and prevention, Leinwand said. Brazil’s health care companies are looking for partners who can offer capital and solutions for reducing costs and increased efficiency.
Outside the United States, Brazil is the largest and fastest growing private health care market in the Americas.
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