Foundation Holdings, a strategic healthcare, education and consumer-focused investment firm, has announced the formation of a new healthcare platform aiming to accelerate value-based healthcare in the UAE.
To kick start this initiative, the company has collaborated and transacted a deal with Mediclinic Middle East, one of three operating platforms at Mediclinic International, a UK listed international private healthcare group, to acquire three best in class value-care primary clinics, one each in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai as well as one pharmacy in Abu Dhabi, said a statement from the company.
The new entity brings together established, value-based healthcare delivery systems with a solid physician infrastructure, together with a proven team of healthcare support and operations staff as well as leading accreditations such as Joint Commission International (JCI) for the Dubai facility, it said.
Mediclinic Middle East is a market leader in the UAE and is driven by its vision to be respected internationally for its best in class practices and the preferred provider locally. It operates six hospitals and more than 26 clinics across the Emirates, with more than 700 inpatient beds.
The reason for their divestment was to enable Mediclinic Middle East to strategically consolidate and focus their resources on their core market segments, which includes acute care hospitals that provide specialist tertiary care and multidisciplinary ambulatory care centres.
Foundation Holdings is focused on building sustainable, industry-defining companies in impactful sectors of healthcare, education and consumer across India and the GCC. In doing so, Foundation Holdings is committed to delivering impact and change through its investments, service delivery and through its job creation.
At the heart of Foundation Holdings’ strategy is the intentional focus on impact as a core to its outcomes. By focusing on the delivery of cost-effective healthcare in the UAE, it aims to promote quality healthcare for the people of the UAE while generating superior returns for its investors.
The transaction was signed on June 11, in record time of less than seven weeks, with the support of key business advisors - Al Tamimi, DLA Piper, Maples and Calder and KPMG.
High quality, affordable healthcare for a value-conscious audience is the largest segment of the GCC and UAE healthcare sector with more than 7 million potential beneficiaries. This investment in value-based healthcare will help meet the ever-increasing demand for quality healthcare in the country.
The formula of targeted, smaller healthcare centres/clinics in strategic locations will allow Foundation Holdings’ platform to provide affordable and quality healthcare, accessible to a broader population, including lower-income patients and those living in under-served areas.
Abhishek Sharma, CEO, Foundation Holdings, said: “The UAE value healthcare sector has been in our sights for years, however, until we were introduced to Mediclinic, we struggled to find high quality partner companies.”
“Mediclinic’s assets immediately stood out due to their inherent focus on high quality healthcare services, a strategic expansion plan to address an under-served and fragmented market, and a very capable clinical and administrative team that can successfully execute its plan,” he said.
The UAE’s healthcare market is estimated at $17 billion and is expected to grow at a rate of 11 per cent per annum (source - PWC).
Driven by a growing younger population and a favourable government policy, this transaction comes at a critical time for the expanding healthcare sector. Potential growth in Dubai alone, from the implementation of mandatory health insurance is estimated to contribute additional revenue of Dh2 billion ($544.5 million) per annum to the sector by 2018.
The medical centres/clinics are located in areas with a captive patient population and high footfalls; they therefore serve as a one-stop shop with diverse specialisations and revenue streams across outpatient, pharmacy, radiology, and laboratory services.
David Hadley, CEO, Mediclinic Middle East, said: “Our core purpose is to enhance the quality of life of our patients by providing comprehensive, high-quality healthcare services. We do this in such a way that the group is trusted as the most respected provider of healthcare services by patients, doctors and funders of healthcare in each of its markets.”
“Foundation Holdings brings to the table its know-how in building businesses that meet the dual objectives of social impact and profitability. It has extensive experience and knowledge of the healthcare sector in the GCC,” he said.
“Whilst the facilities in question do not fit well within our strategic framework, we know that they do fit that of Foundation Holdings and will thrive under their leadership. We look forward to working with the team at Foundation Holdings as they operationalise their expansion plans,” he added.
In addition to strengthening local capital markets in the UAE, Foundation Holdings is focused on boosting financing in infrastructure and logistics, promoting financial inclusion, helping create conditions to attract increased private capital and helping structure public-private partnerships, it stated. – TradeArabia News Service