Delayed hospital is in good health

12:00 | 05/09/2011
United States-based Keystone Global Group is finally making good on its long-delayed commitment to build an international hospital in Hanoi.
Hanoi American International Hospital

The investor recently announced it  would inaugurate the project, known as Hanoi American International Hospital, in the next two months.

The hospital, capitalised at $50 million, is the second healthcare foreign-invested project in Hanoi, following the French Hospital. The inauguration event will end a 14-year delay.

Keystone Global Group said it had to delay the project’s construction to wait for Ministry of Public Security’s and Ministry of Defense’s approval to build a helipad at the roof of the hospital. This procedure was completed last year.

“We are in the final stage of construction work and will operate this hospital at the year’s end,” said Nguyen Huu Lam, deputy director at Hanoi American International Hospital.

Lam said the 500 bed-hospital would provide services for Vietnamese and foreigners living in Hanoi as well as surrounding provinces. The Hanoi American International Hospital will contribute to fulfilling the gap between rising demand and the country’s poor healthcare system.

A recent The Nielsen Company survey showed that healthcare was among the biggest concerns of Vietnamese.

London-based Business Monitor International Company last month forecasted Vietnam’s healthcare expenditure would augment from $7.93 billion in 2010 to $8.66 billion this year. French Hospital - the first international private healthcare provider in Vietnam – last year raised the number of bed at the hospital from 68 to 100 to meet the rising healthcare demand.

Domestic Intracom Company, which replaced the Korean investor Yukjin at $198 million Oriental Health Care Complex in Hanoi’s Tu Liem district, is speeding up project construction this year.

Oriental Health Care Complex is located on a 9.5 hectare site, consisting of 57 high-tech medical departments and 1,000 beds. The investors plan to receive around 6,000 patients each day and will help reduce the current pressure on the region’s other hospitals.

By Ninh Kieu

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