1st non-profit pri­vate teach­ing hospi­tal starts con­struc­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By DARA WANG in Hong Kong dara@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

The con­struc­tion of Hong Kong’s first non-profit pri­vate teach­ing hospi­tal — the Chi­nese Uni­ver­sity of Hong Kong (CUHK) Med­i­cal Cen­tre — be­gan on Thurs­day.

Speak­ing at the ground­break­ing cer­e­mony, Sec­re­tary for Food and Health Ko Wing­man said he ex­pected the cen­ter would help ease the bur­den on pub­lic hospi­tals.

The hospi­tal, lo­cated next to the MTR Uni­ver­sity Sta­tion, will start ser­vices in 2020.

Aim­ing to serve lo­cal mid­dle­class fam­i­lies, the hospi­tal plans to of­fer ser­vices in af­ford­able prices. Pack­ages will be pro­vided in 70 per­cent of the ser­vices, ac­cord­ing to the CUHK.

The move is one of the steps to build up a dual-track health­care sys­tem in Hong Kong, Ko said.

“On the one hand, the govern­ment will con­tinue to in­vest heav­ily in pub­lic hospi­tals to en­sure suf­fi­cient ser­vice ca­pac­ity,” Ko said. “On the other hand, we also need a rea­son­able ex­pan­sion of pri­vate hospi­tals to al­le­vi­ate pres­sure on the pub­lic sec­tor.”

Start­ing from the fifth year of its op­er­a­tion, the HK$6.3 bil­lion med­i­cal cen­ter will take over 17,600 spe­cial­ist out­pa­tient cases and 6,600 am­bu­la­tory surgery cases re­ferred from pub­lic hospi­tals in New Ter­ri­to­ries East Clus­ter, such as the Prince of Wales Hospi­tal. This is ex­pected to take up 10 per­cent of the to­tal de­signed ca­pac­ity.

Med­i­cal costs will re­main the same as those in the pub­lic hospi­tals for re­ferred pa­tients, ac­cord­ing to the CUHK.

The 14-storey CUHK Med­i­cal Cen­tre with a con­struc­tion area of over 100,000 square me­ters will pro­vide 619 beds — 516 for in­pa­tients and 103 day places. In the first year of op­er­a­tion, the hospi­tal will pro­vide 90 in­pa­tient beds. More will come with an an­nual in­crease of some 100 beds un­til 2026, ac­cord­ing to the CUHK.

Pro­vid­ing a to­tal of 28 surgery rooms and 16 spe­cial­ist med­i­cal cen­ters, the hospi­tal’s clin­i­cal ser­vices will range from gen­eral medicine, gen­eral surgery, or­tho­pe­dics and gy­ne­col­ogy in the first year, said Fung Hong, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the hospi­tal.

The ar­range­ment was made af­ter con­sid­er­a­tion of the lim­ited num­ber of med­i­cal staff, said Fung. He es­ti­mated that some 190 doc­tors and 600 nurses are re­quired to work in full op­er­a­tion.

In the first year of op­er­a­tion, the hospi­tal will re­cruit 45 doc­tors and 100 nurses.

Mean­while, the CUHK hoped to ap­ply its med­i­cal find­ing and tech­nol­ogy in the cen­ter, said CUHK ViceChan­cel­lor and Pres­i­dent Joseph Sung Jao-yiu.

They in­clude NanoKnife surgery to kill can­cer­ous cells and liq­uid biopsy tech­nol­ogy, the lat­ter be­ing a med­i­cal break­through by the uni­ver­sity’s as­so­ciate dean (re­search) of medicine, Den­nis Lo Yuk­ming. The tech­nol­ogy ap­plies DNA se­quenc­ing tech­niques to early-stage can­cer de­tec­tion.

The hospi­tal ap­plied for a govern­ment loan of HK$4 bil­lion and re­ceived HK$1.3 bil­lion do­na­tions from the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

The other HK$1 bil­lion of the bud­get was cov­ered by the uni­ver­sity’s re­serve fund and other do­na­tions. The govern­ment loan will be in­ter­est-free for the first five years. Af­ter that, the hospi­tal will make re­pay­ments at a float­ing rate for the next 10 years.

Stu­dents swear an oath as they join the Com­mu­nist Party of China at China Uni­ver­sity of Pe­tro­leum’s cam­pus in Qing­dao, Shan­dong prov­ince, in April.

coun­tries and re­gions, in­clud­ing the United States, Aus­tralia and New Zealand, on the ex­change of fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion, ac­cord­ing to Peo­ple’s Bank of China, the cen­tral bank.

China also in­tends to be­gin ne­go­ti­a­tions with more Western coun­tries, such as the US and France, for bi­lat­eral treaties on shar­ing the as­sets that cor­rupt Chi­nese fugi­tives have sent over­seas, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs. In Oc­to­ber, China signed the first such treaty with Canada.

Jiang Laiy­ong, an anti­graft re­searcher at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sci­ences, said that some stip­u­la­tions in ex­ist­ing in­ter­na­tional agree­ments on as­set re­cov­ery are too ab­stract to be im­ple­mented.

In ad­di­tion, many in­ter­na­tional fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions are led by de­vel­oped coun­tries, “which places de­vel­op­ing coun­tries at a dis­ad­van­tage in ne­go­ti­a­tions,” he said.

Jiang sug­gested that de­vel­op­ing coun­tries like China make bet­ter use of in­ter­na­tional plat­forms and meet­ings, such as APEC and G20, to voice their stance and poli­cies to gain wider sup­port.

China launched a mas­sive anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign in late 2012, shortly af­ter the new lead­er­ship was elected.

To cap­ture eco­nomic fugi­tives hid­ing abroad, the coun­try has set up the Cen­tral Anti-Cor­rup­tion Co­or­di­na­tion Group, led by the CCDI, and launched the Skynet pro­gram to cap­ture cor­rupt of­fi­cials who fled abroad.

Liu said that in re­cent years, the num­ber of newly added eco­nomic crimes fugi­tives has fallen. “Fewer peo­ple are try­ing to es­cape over­seas,” he said.

He at­trib­uted the de­cline to the tight­ened man­age­ment of of­fi­cials’ pass­ports, mea­sures taken to pre­vent sus­pects from leav­ing the coun­try and the suc­cess in bring­ing back fugi­tives from over­seas, which serves as a de­ter­rence.

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