Macau’s new Chinese hospital targets medical tourism

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The new Macau Islands hospital plans to offer services to medical travelers when it opens in 2023. The Islands District Medical Complex, also known as the Islands Hospital, will operate as a public hospital but will provide private medical services to medical tourists.

Macau, the Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, is known for its tourism and casinos. It receives 39 million tourists a year, with a population of only 658,000; almost all of them are from mainland China.

The new medical center will be the first of its kind designed to provide medical tourism services in Macau.

There is no inbound medical tourism at present. For specialist care, many locals and expats travel to China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The main objective of the hospital is to serve the population and provide quality medical service to all Macau residents but, in addition to that, it wants to expand this service and be included in regional cooperation projects such as Greater Bay Area (GBA) and be able to attract GBA patients as well as from overseas, namely from other Southeast Asian countries.

Paying medical tourists will financially benefit the hospital but will also help the development of the health industry in Macau.

In 2023, the hospital will first focus on providing services to the people of Macau and will only expand into medical tourism once these services are in place.

The new hospital will be managed by Beijing Union University Medical Hospital so that Macau can use its brand image to attract medical tourists, namely those from the GBA who know the reputation of the long-standing Beijing medical institution.

The Islands Hospital is also seen as a solution to the current situation where there is a lack of certain medical specialties within Macau’s healthcare system.

Once the hospital is fully operational, it will promote major advances in the development of the local medical industry, improving the standard of specialist healthcare and reducing the inconvenience of local patients having to travel abroad for treatment. medical.

This applies in particular to those seeking medical care overseas through the patient referral system administered by the Office of Health, used in cases where the local system cannot effectively meet the medical needs of the patient. ‘a patient.


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