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Singapore’s Pan Pacific Hotel was the venue for HealthInvestor Asia’s February seminar on ‘Expansion strategies for ASEAN healthcare providers’.

The half-day event brought together a number of leading operators, advisors and investors who shared thoughts on the best ways for healthcare businesses to achieve scale across the region – with an emphasis on the importance of quality, integrity and building organisational culture.

Drew & Napier’s Benjamin Gaw started proceedings with a comprehensive overview of the regulatory implications of cross-border expansion, with a specific focus on telemedicine and the legal ramifications of the digital delivery of care. This was followed by a fascinating presentation from Dr Low Lee Yong, founder and chief executive of MHC Asia, who shared his personal journey of building up MHC’s presence across multiple ASEAN nations. Dr Low detailed the lessons learned and advised that it was crucial to think about “exit plans as well as forging partnerships” when going into new territories. 

The first panel discussion focused on opportunities across the ASEAN nations, with panelists observing that the region’s health markets were at different stages of maturity – “where priorities can be about simply providing access, rather than improving quality”. In that context, the participants agreed that providing the correct service at an affordable price was the key to achieving scale in what is still a fragmented market.

After an informative presentation by Cryoviva Singapore’s chief executive Dr Ashish Munjal on the nascent cord blood banking market, the session finished with a panel discussion between investors and financiers. The closing debate focused on the different ways in which you could access finance in the market, with an emphasis on long term investment and “patient capital”. Each of the panelists agreed that pricing was a problem in the market, with one warning that “you can’t undo over-paying in Asia”. Nevertheless, all agreed that the market potential was huge and that the private sector has a significant role to play across the region in providing capital and expertise. 

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Posted on: 19/03/2019

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