PANTAI Holdings Bhd has invested RM20mil in its newly opened Hospital Pantai Indah in Pandan Indah, Kuala Lumpur.
Its chairman Datuk Dr Ridzwan Abu Bakar said Pantai Indah was the group's seventh medical centre, four years after its sixth centre was opened in Ayer Keroh.
“The opening of Pantai Indah is in line with our new corporate vision – to be at the forefront of healthcare delivery,'' he said at the opening of the hospital yesterday.
Later at a press conference, Dr Ridzwan said the investment was solely on state-of-the-art medical equipment, especially for the imaging department and other facilities, for this 180-bed hospital.
“The strategy is to focus on core competency. If we want our own land and building, it (total investment) would easily be RM100mil or RM120mil,” he said.
He said the hospital also adopted the same strategy for services.
“Many of the support services in this hospital are also outsourced, enabling us to focus on delivering quality and value-driven services,'' he added.
On new hospitals, Ridzwan said future plans would be in line with the government's new ruling for new private hospitals to be located in underserved areas.
“We are looking at medium-sized towns for our future hospitals,'' he added.
Dr Ridzwan lauded the government's move to control the supply of private hospitals in major towns saying: “If we have too many hospitals in one place, we will create unhealthy competition, duplication of services, inefficiency and all these ultimately lead to higher treatment cost.’’
Pantai's principal asset is the Pantai Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur. It also runs five other hospitals, namely: the Pantai Cheras Medical Centre and Pantai Klang Specialist Medical Centre, both in the Klang Valley; Hospital Pantai Mutiara in Penang, Hospital Pantai Puteri in Ipoh and the Hospital Pantai Ayer Keroh in Malacca.
On health tourism, Dr Ridzwan said Pantai was currently focusing efforts on promoting its medical packages, facilities and services in Indonesia and Middle Eastern countries.
“The potential for health tourism in Malaysia is huge,'' he said.
Dr Ridzwan, who is also the chairman of the Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia, said tourism was the second largest foreign exchange revenue earner for the country. Health tourism made up the bulk of the contribution, he added.