8/1/2014 5:04:02 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
In order to cater to the health requirements of a growing greying population, the Ministry of Health is planning to run its own nursing homes. It is also hoping to help existing operators to increase its beds from the initial target of 15,600 beds by 2020 to 17,150 - a 10 per cent increase.
First, MOH is considering running three to four of its own nursing homes. These will help the ministry better understand the issues faced by operators, and come up with solutions and innovations in eldercare which can be adopted by others.
"Our intention is not to become a major player in the market," said Health Minisiter, Gan Kim Yong, pointing out that MOH intends to directly operate only about 1,000 beds by 2020, which will account for 6 per cent of the total.
To help operators expand, MOH will call for tenders in which more than one nursing home will be awarded to one operator at a time. These homes will also be located close to each other so that operators can enjoy economies of scale and better manage resources.