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European healthcare service providers are complex and fragmented, but with niche market knowledge and a creative approach, investors can create substantial value.
Healthcare has long been an attractive investment area. Returns over the past 15 years led all industries.1 1.For more on the attractions of European healthcare, see Yair Erez, Justas Grigalauskas, Dima Podpolny, and Thomas Rudolph, “European healthcare—A golden opportunity for private equity,” June 2017. In Europe, the market’s attractiveness is underpinned by fundamental tailwinds—for example, population growth, aging populations, and an increase in incidence of chronic disease. Further, Europe’s predominately public-led healthcare systems suffer from poor access to capital and are increasingly willing to accept private investment in care delivery to improve care efficiency, effectiveness, and access.
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