Falck focuses on emergency services

27-08-2007, 10:06

The Danish company is not going to consolidate the Polish market. Not now. It focuses on emergency medical services.

196 ambulances, 13 emergency outlets, 14 healthcare centers, PLN 73.3m (EUR 19m) of sales in 2006 and PLN 516,000 of operating income – this is the picture of Falck Medycyna, the only private company offering emergency services in Poland. It wants to launch some dozen new emergency outlets this year and buy two more healthcare centers. Today, Falck has 6 percent of the Polish emergency market but it wants to have much more.
 
That’s why the company is not focusing on the healthcare centers so far. The Danish firm has also given up the plans to build a hospital in Poland. Falck was supposed to build one in Slupsk, jointly with local authorities. Politicians decided they didn’t want a private investor.

“The situation was extremely difficult for us. Our owners agreed for this investment and reserved funds. Suddenly, the whole issue collapsed for political reasons”, Katarzyna Czajka, Falck Medycyna CEO said. 
 
She added that it’s extremely difficult for her company to cooperate with state-owned healthcare fund officials. Only last year, Falck was controlled 198 times.

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