PRIVATE healthcare services provider KPJ Healthcare Bhd will in future keep its budget for new hospitals within a RM100mil limit.
Its chairman Tan Sri Muhammad Ali Hashim, who is also the chief executive officer of Johor Corp, said the company did not see a need to spend more than the limit, as demonstrated by its three new hospitals, which would be operational this year and in 2004.
The hospitals are Kuching Specialist Hospital in Sarawak, which will open its doors in the middle of the year; Muar Specialist Hospital, in the first quarter 2003; and Seremban Specialist Hospital, in mid-2004.
Although we are careful when spending on our expansion programme, we will not compromise on our service, Ali told reporters at the opening of the Johor Specialist Hospital's new RM20mil outpatient block by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.
The group's other hospitals are Kuala Lumpur Tawakal Hospital, Ipoh Specialist Hospital, Kuantan Specialist Hospital, Kedah Medical Centre, Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital, Damansara Specialist Hospital, Johor Baru Puteri Specialist Hospital, Pasir Gudang Penawar Hospital and Kota Bahru Perdana Specialist Hospital.
He said the company would not stop at the three new hospitals and was always on the lookout for health-related business opportunities locally and internationally.
Ali said cost savings from setting up new hospitals could be achieved by working with partners such as property developers. They build the hospitals and KPJ Healthcare runs them.
He said the Kuching hospital, a joint venture between the company and Sarawak property firm Usaha Cenderacerah Sdn Bhd, would be the city's third specialist hospital. Its hospital buildings in Muar and Seremban are owned by Majlis Agama Islam Negeri Johor and Majlis Agama Islam Negri Sembilan respectively.
While our partners concentrate on the physical set-up of the buildings, we'll invest in the latest medical equipment, state-of-the-art technology and professional staff, he said.
Ali said the company would be spending RM30mil to build new blocks at Johor Baru Puteri Specialist and Ipoh Specialist within the next two years, and was also looking at relocating Tawakal.
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