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State land in Phuket handed over for B4bn International Medical Center

State land in Phuket handed over for B4bn International Medical Center

PHUKET: The Treasury Department has officially handed over more than 141 rai in Mai Khao, at the northern end of Phuket, to the Ministry of Public Health so that an “International Medical Centre” can be built at the site.

By The Phuket News

Friday 4 December 2020, 04:37PM

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan presided over the ceremony, held yesterday (Dec 3) at the Ministry of Finance headquarters in Bangkok. Also present to receive the land were Public Health Deputy Minister Dr Satit Pituthecha and Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr Kiattaphum Wongrajit.

Deputy PM Prawit said that the government had accorded importance to providing healthcare to the people of Phuket and its visitors from around the world, noting that Phuket has long been an important tourism destination in Thailand, but one that was recently impacted by the spread of COVID-19.

Development of the new plot should help rebuild confidence in the province, as well as Thailand’s health system, he added.

The land, in total 141-2-64 rai (141 rai 2 ngan 64 talang wah) is to be developed into a medical service centre aimed at elevating health tourism to Phuket as part of plans to turn the island into a medical destination post COVID-19.

Part of the plot has also been entrusted to Vachira Phuket Hospital for the creation of international-standard facilities for the treatment of the elderly, heart conditions and physical therapies covered under the national economic and social rehabilitation policy. It is believed that use of the land by the Ministry of Public Health will bring considerable economic benefits.

With Vachira Hospital Phuket Director Chalermong Sukontapol present at the ceremony, it was explained that the aim was for Vachira Hospital to establish a medical and public health service centre with comprehensive international-level services. called the ‘International Health Plaza’.

The development is also to include an International Geriatric Care Center (“Premium Long Term Care”), a Hospice Care Center, a ‘Jai Rak Center’ for heart conditions and the establishment of a comprehensive physical rehabilitation centre.

Deputy Health Minister Dr Satit said the Ministry of Public Health was working with the Phuket Government to create a project to "Enhance Phuket Health Tourism” under the policy framework for the economic and social rehabilitation of the country.

“The aim is to stimulate the economic value of Phuket and the country by providing local residents and tourists with access to standardised health services and providing a full range of services to community enterprises to sell local products and services,” Dr Satit said.

“People in the area will enjoy greater employment and this in turn will distribute income throughout the community. This can serve as a model for health tourism to other regions,” Dr Stait added.

Dr Satit explained that the project had been passed a public hearing and subjected to a feasibility study, and presented to the Cabinet during the mobile meeting held in Phuket on Nov 3.

The Cabinet approved the project to support quality tourism and instructed the Ministry of Public Health to include the project in its annual action plan. The Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) was instructed support the budget for further action, Dr Satit added.

“It will take two years to construct. Phase 2 of the project will include the establishment of the southern branch of Bamrasnaradura Institute to create a Cancer Radiotherapy Centre and Tropical Medicine Centre. This will make high-tech services more accessible to people in the area,” he added.

While officials are assuring the project was properly pushed forward through the legally required public hearing process, after months of silence the news finally broke in June that plans were officially going ahead to build the centre.

While not reported yesterday, it was reported in October that the Treasury Department together with the Public Health Ministry have vowed to splurge as much as B4 billion to develop the centre.

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Kurt | 07 December 2020 - 11:21:04

The name should be 'International Health Plaza & Gardens'. So much garden around it for recuperating inpatients. Great, good for many gardening jobs.  ( New Normal)

GerryT81 | 07 December 2020 - 08:49:10

Yeap Dek, it could but more likely he is. But maybe the new health center can provide some help after completion.

Jor12 | 07 December 2020 - 04:20:59

LA...I am still none the wiser as to what first world level means, when talking about countries like Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar.  Is it the crisp sheets, food, highly paid doctor salaries, saving lives, services provided or what?

DeKaaskopp | 06 December 2020 - 18:42:25

Question ! If a person keeps posting that Thailand is the land of scams and everything here is below standard, but at the same time that person keeps coming to Thailand for years again  and again, could it be that this person is health/mental wise not functioning well ?  Just asking.

LALALA | 06 December 2020 - 16:49:40

Jor comparison to which countries ? Laos ? Myanmar ? They are talking about being world class so they should compare themselves with Germany, Switzerland, Singapore for example.

Pascale | 06 December 2020 - 16:20:07

Lala,I wasn't talking about a few scandals. It's about the whole situation in the health sector { overworked / underpaid worker and to little medical staff/nurses}.Was that really to hard for you to comprehend ?

Jor12 | 06 December 2020 - 15:37:41

LA...It’s fair to say that Thailand - as do many other countries - has a good healthcare system in comparison to others and has good practices to share with other countries. However, this is very different than stating that Thailand "never will be on 1st world level" (whatever that means)

LALALA | 06 December 2020 - 14:25:11

Really Pascale ? At least in Europe we hear about this medical scandals as in LOS they are hold under the carpet or ridiculous small sums are paid to the victims of medical treatment failures as life is cheaper than a chocolate bar in Land of Scam.

Pascale | 06 December 2020 - 11:02:12

Yeah Lala and in the meantime we can read about all those failures the last years in the health sector in first world European countries. Covid did show how fragile some of those are.

LALALA | 05 December 2020 - 14:22:20

Complete rubbish. Healthcare in LOS is and never will be on 1st world level. Private clinics in LOS are a rip off and governmental hospital are 3rd world standard.

Jor12 | 05 December 2020 - 11:34:38

Excellent project by the Government along with the other economic corridors planned.  It's about time Thailand moved from a subsistence level.

JohnC | 05 December 2020 - 11:28:52

If the intention is to have international standard medical care then why are Vachira hospital management having anything to do with it? They have provided the lowest level of care of all hospital here as long as I have been here, 25 years now.

DeKaaskopp | 05 December 2020 - 10:54:57

@Fascinated  " Maybe improving public healthcare in the north of the island would ...." That's exactly what they are planning as stated in the article.

Kurt | 05 December 2020 - 10:22:37

I understand that this enormous new to build health project will also function as National Health hospital like Vachira- & Thalang hospital for local Thai people. This looks to needs priority above serving 'foreign medical tourism', as we not know how this will develop the coming years as the world remains years in Covid-19 stress. Medical vulnerable, foreign patients will not travel P...

Capricornball | 04 December 2020 - 23:22:23

Hmmm...another gravy train gift from Bangkok...but more hideous than most. This will be nearly 5 times the size of BKK Hospital in Phuket...over twice the size of Jungceylon.  Seems like the wrong people have access to Thailand's purse strings...throwing billions arounds to their friends like it was play money.  Just freeking ridiculous.

Fascinated | 04 December 2020 - 18:55:49

Ahhh, Phuket- the hub of hubs in a country full of hubs. Maybe improving public healthcare in the north of the island would have been a better priority, with the closest hospital currently in Thalang. Mind you- so long as the contracts go to 'important and inflential' people all will be well, pardon the pun. 


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