Pertamina’s BUMN Hospital Holding partners with Singapore’s SingHealth to enhance Bali International Hospital, aiming to elevate it into a medical tourism destination

Source: Pertamina

THE state-owned hospital holding company PT Pertamina Bina Medika-Indonesia Healthcare Corporation (IHC) has teamed up with Singaporean healthcare institution, SingHealth, through a collaboration aimed at enhancing healthcare services to strengthen Bali International Hospital (BIH) as a medical tourism destination.

“Bali International Hospital is still under construction, and our plan is to open in September 2024,” stated IHC’s President Director, Dr. Mira Dyah Wahyuni, in Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, on Tuesday, 30th April 2024.

To facilitate this, IHC signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with SingHealth, represented by Dr. Mira Dyah Wahyuni alongside SingHealth’s Group CEO, Ng Wai Hoe, witnessed by Singapore’s Minister of Health, Ong Ye Kung, in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of Sanur, Denpasar, Bali. The MoU outlines cross-sharing of clinical practices, innovations, and training to enhance the quality of healthcare services in both countries.

Through this partnership, IHC will gain access to knowledge and expertise in healthcare services from Singapore, particularly in hospital management, staff training, as well as research and development, which includes professional competency.

Three priority areas are emphasised: focusing on quality, patient safety, and research; enhancing customer experience through innovation and transformation; and sustainable development of healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, and management.

SingHealth’s Group CEO, Ng Wai Hoe, views this collaboration as a significant potential for both entities to enhance healthcare services and training for professionals, including doctors, nurses, and healthcare administration.

Regarding BIH services, the President Director of IHC explained that the hospital specialises in cancer care, particularly with positron emission tomography (PET) scanning for advanced cancer therapy, a service currently available in only three medical facilities, all centralised in Jakarta.

Covering approximately five hectares of the total 41.26-hectare SEZ for Health in Sanur, BIH also provides treatment for other diseases related to cardiology, oncology, neurology/stroke, gastroenterology, and orthopaedics.

The government expects facilities in the Health SEZ can improve the economy while enhancing healthcare facilities in Indonesia. Based on data from the National SEZ Council, by 2030, around 4-8% of Indonesia’s population or 123-240 thousand people who previously sought treatment abroad, are projected to seek treatment domestically, including at BIH.

Nominally, it is expected that by 2045, total foreign exchange savings will reach Rp 86 trillion, with an additional Rp 19.6 trillion in foreign exchange earnings during the same period. The National SEZ Council also states that the Health SEZ in Sanur has an investment value of Rp 10.2 trillion, and is anticipated to create job opportunities.

Source: Antara News

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