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High-end hospital scheduled for 2013

SHANGHAI is set to have a high-end international hospital by 2013, complete with VIP services, while freeing up space in public hospitals.

Work began yesterday on Shanghai International Medical Center (SIMC), in Pudong, as part of efforts to relocate VIP rooms from local public hospitals to the new hospital and another one planned for Hongqiao.

However, the services cannot be covered by medical insurance for Chinese.

Whether the service is covered by foreign medical insurance has not yet been decided.

Meanwhile, the authorities are also exploring ways to allow public hospital doctors currently working in VIP facilities in public hospitals to also work in the new medical center.

Currently, it is illegal for them to work in more than one hospital.

The advanced medical center is part of the city's medical reform plan to remove controversial VIP rooms from public hospitals within three years.

"It's unfair that only the rich can enjoy the most skilled doctors and the best medical resources while ordinary people have to wait in long queues," said a local resident named Li Bin.

The phase 1 project of SIMC, which is due to cost 800 million yuan (US$123.6 million), will go into operation in 2013, when it will have 500 beds in single rooms and double rooms fitted with en suite bathrooms.

Parkway Health Medical Center, a leading healthcare group in Singapore, will manage the operation.

Local first-class hospital staff and overseas doctors will be invited to offer services in the center.


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