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The turnover of companies that manage private clinics and public hospitals in a public-private partnership regime decreased by 12.6%, to 1,660 million euros in 2020 compared to 2019, according to a study by Informa D&B.

According to a sectorial study by the business consultant, this decline was mainly due to the performance of the management of public hospitals, whose turnover “registered a sharp drop”, from 38%, to 249 million euros, “as a result of the end of the concession of Hospital de Braga, in September 2019 ”.

The turnover resulting only from the management of private clinics decreased by 6%, “to which the health crisis contributed”, standing at 1,411 million euros.

In relation to health insurance, the study points out that “in 2019 and 2020, the upward trend of this sector continued, with premium billing increases of 8.6% and 8.4%, respectively”.

In 2020, these results will be associated with the drop in accidents and the postponement of consultations and non-urgent interventions, as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.”, He says.

The private offer for profit, including establishments with private management, was constituted, in April 2021, by 59 clinics and 4,264 beds, corresponding to an average of 72 beds per establishment.

By districts, Lisbon concentrated 24% of operational clinics, followed by Porto, with 19%, and Braga and Faro, with 12% and 10%, respectively.

Informa D&B’s work also points out that “the sector’s offer has a strong concentration, which has been increasing in recent years following the mergers and acquisitions carried out by large groups”.

“In 2020, the two main operators jointly had a market share of approximately 60%, with this percentage exceeding 90% when considering the group of the five main operators”, he explains.

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