Private hospitals must not shirk its primary duty, urges MB

KUANTAN: Private hospitals were reminded of their responsibility of treating the sick first rather than placing profits above the rest said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.

He added that there were some cases brought to his attention where patients were turned away at private hospitals as they were unable to bear the costs.

“Heathcare has become a business and in running a business, one wants profits.

“However, private hospitals must not neglect their duties in providing medical attention the needy, regardless the financial background,” he said at the ground-breaking of a new private hospital under a joint venture project between KPJ Healthcare Berhad and the state’s subsidiary, Pasdec Holdings Berhad in Tanjung Lumpur here recently.

KPJ owns 70% stake in KPJ Pahang Specialist Hospital while Pasdec owns 30%. Also present was KPJ managing director Datin Paduka Siti Sa’diah Sheikh Bakir.

Siti Sa’diah said the company practised a policy of treating and stabilising any patient that came to its emergency units first before discussing about the costs.

“We take in a patient, stabilise and treat the person first. When things are under control, only then we discuss about payments.

“If they can pay, the patient will proceed to receive medical attention, otherwise, we will try to work out something before referring the patient to another hospital,” she added.

On KPJ’s current facility, Siti Sa’diah said the Kuantan Specialist Hospital in Alor Akar would still be operational once the new hospital was completed.

“However, certain services would probably remain in the Alor Akar medical centre while others would be moved to the new hospital,” she added.

Earlier Siti Sa’diah said the new hospital which will be constructed on a 1.28ha of land and completed in two years, would have 200 beds with a professional strength of 50 specialists.

“It will be the biggest private hospital in the east coast, with a build-up area of more than 91,400 metres square.

“It will also be equipped with the latest medical equipment,” she added.

She added that KPJ would continue to invest in its human resources and medical equipment in a bid to provide more value-added service.

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