SELGATE Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS), will build 10 new private hospitals in Selangor.
This partnership reflects PKNS’ venture into the medical and healthcare services industry.
Selgate Group chief executive officer Noor Hisham Mohd Ghouth said they would bring the “no-frills” concept to the hospitals to keep the cost of treatment affordable.
“Our target is the middle-income group who want good quality healthcare without the high cost usually associated with private hospitals,” he said during the groundbreaking ceremony of Selgate Rawang Hospital in Taman Anggun.
Once the first phase is completed in December 2019, the hospital will house 95 beds and will be able to accommodate 267 beds by the end of the second phase in 2023.
The RM130mil hospital on 2.7ha of land is expected to serve the 800,000 population in the Gombak and Rawang area.
“Our hospital will have facilities such as a dialysis centre, state-of-the-art operating theatres, CT and MRI screening and catheterisation laboratory,” Noor Hisham said.
He added that the rise in the overall healthcare cost had put a huge strain on the public healthcare system.
Selgate Corporation hopes to have three hospitals in Rawang, Shah Alam and Bangi operational by 2020.
They also plan to collaborate with the National Heart Institute (IJN) to have a hospital in Shah Alam.
The other earmarked locations for Selgate hospitals are Kota Damansara, Setia Alam, Subang Jaya, Cyber Valley, Bukit Beruntung, Gombak and Kuala Selangor.
Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari, who was present, said that by venturing into the private healthcare business, PKNS would boost its income and help the community at the same time.
“As of August this year, we have 1.36 million Selangor folk registered under the ‘Peduli Sihat’ scheme.
“Once Selgate hospitals are completed, Peduli Sihat card holders can seek treatment there too,” he said.
Amirudin said he was happy that the pilot project to provide medical treatment to civil servants in the Selangor Government as well as a small number of patients at IJN was a success.
“As such, the Federal Government hopes to implement our model nationwide. This is a huge achievement for our state.
“Selangor has a population of over six million people but the existing ratio of 1.85 hospital beds to every 1,000 people is well below international standards of 2.25,” he added.
Also present at the event were PKNS chief executive officer Datin Dr Noraida Mohd Yusof, Rawang assemblyman Chua Wei Kiat and Bukit Lanjan assemblyman Elizabeth Wong.