Middle-class patients the target for CUHK hospital

Top News | Carain Yeung 9 Dec 2016

A HK$6.3 billion private hospital to be run by Chinese University - envisioned as the city's first not-for-profit and self- financed teaching hospital - will offer 70 percent of its services in fixed packages to cater for the middle class, plus specialist quotas for Hospital Authority patients.

The 619-bed hospital is expected to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2020 and come into service the following quarter, executive director Fung Hong said at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Medical Centre yesterday.

About 100 beds will come into service in the first year, with beds gradually added each year, said Fung, the former chief executive of Prince of Wales Hospital.

The departments of internal medicine, surgery, orthopedics and gynecology will be the first to offer services.

It is expected that all of the 516 inpatient beds and the 103 day beds will come into service in five years.

The 14-story hospital will be equipped with 28 operation theaters, 49 consultation rooms and 16 special medical centers. Also by then, the hospital will offer 17,600 specialist out- patient clinic quotas and 6,600 day- operation quotas to the Hospital Authority annually.

CUHK vice chancellor Joseph Sung Jao-yiu said: "With the aim of serving the people, the CUHK Medical Centre belongs to the people and will be devoted to addressing the medical needs of the sizable middle class."

Fung said the hospital will make reference to - but not copy - the pricing of Gleneagles Hong Kong, a private hospital that will open in the first quarter next year in Wong Chuk Hang.

University of Hong Kong is its exclusive clinical partner.

Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man, who officiated at the ceremony, called the CUHK private teaching hospital "a very important milestone underpinning the government's policy in the dual-track health-care system in Hong Kong."

CUHK obtained HK$4.3 billion from the government and HK$1.3 billion from the Jockey Club, while investing HK$500 million itself to build the hospital. Others chipped in for the remaining HK$500 million.

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