MedLife company targets 22 million euro in turnover

Company MedLife Romania revised upwards the estimates on the turnover for 2008 from 21 million euros initially announced to over 22 million euros, up about 75% compared to the level reported in 2007, according to representatives of the company.
They say that most businesses will take place in the context of the investments made in the constructions of two hyper-clinics in Bucharest and in Timisoara (western Romania).
‘’This year we managed to draw a higher number of corporate customers than we had initially estimated, reaching about 160,000 subscribers from more than 1,500 companies. The main advantage for our customers lies in the fact that they can benefit from an integrated system of private medical services of ambulance, lab and private hospital,’’ president of MedLife, Mihail Marcu told daily Business Standard.
The rise in estimates as regards the turnover for 2008 occurs in the context of the development of services and expansion in the territory, reads a release of the company.
The company has strongly diversified the range of provided lab tests. Within the three MedLab laboratories in Bucharest more than 1,300,000 tests were made, more by 50% as against the same period of the previous year.
In 2008, MedLife invested over three million euros in the opening of hyperclinic situated in Unirii area in Bucharest, of its own testing lab in Cluj-Napoca (center), the setting-up of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Centre, the maintenance of the medical equipment at the highest level in all the locations, as well as for the opening of the hyperclinics from Timisoara and Bucharest.
The third MedLife hyperclinic in Bucharest will open at mid-November and it is situated within the commercial center Favorit in Drumul Taberei district of Bucharest. The company stakes on a 25% rise in the overall number of patients due to the opening of the new clinic.
The first MedLife hyperclinic in Romania opened in Timioara in August. The unit has 20 consulting rooms for 30 medical specializations, all kind of labs.
MedLife also owns the biggest private hospital of Romania, Life Memorial Hospital, following investments worth over 10 million euros.
The number of patients who enter the company’s units on a daily basis grew from 1,500 in 2006 to 3,000 in 2008, according to officials of MedLife.
Last year, MedLife reported a turnover of 12.7 million euros, up 67% compared to the previous year.
The company has a market share in Bucharest in the segment of services provided to corporations of some 30%. Nationwide the market share is of 5% of the total of private medical services.
In October 2006, IFC became shareholder of MedLife with a 20% stake. Previously this deal, the shareholders were paediatrician Mihaela Crsitescu, 30% and her two sons, Mihail Marcu, the company’s president and Nicolae Marcu, psychiatrist. The three shareholders sold equal bonds to IFC. At present, the three founders hold an 80% stake.
The local market of private medical services is assessed at 250-300 million euros and experts on the market estimate a growth potential of up to one billion euros in the next three years, reads the aforementioned daily.
According to daily Romania libera, which cites a Deloitte survey, the Romanian market of medical services will double buy the end of 2012, and is expected to reach a share of some 5.4% of the gross domestic product (GDP), allowing for the rise in the health spending by 85% as against the previous year.
A survey conducted last year by Daedalus Consulting showed that the inhabitants of the urban environment resorted to the public health system in 73% of the situations they had health problems, whereas 27% of them preferred the private medical system.

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