Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA) - The international hospital developed in the Sanur Special Economic Zone (SEZ), Denpasar, Bali, will target residents seeking medical treatment overseas, according to Bali Health Office Head I Nyoman Gede Anom.

"The international hospital mainly targets Bali residents or Indonesian residents, who often seek medical treatment abroad. At least Rp82 trillion had been spent by our people to seek medical treatment in Penang (Malaysia), Singapore, and the United States," Anom stated here Wednesday.

The Sanur SEZ medical tourism development, expected to be completed by 2023-end, is expected to attract visitors keen to enjoy tourist attractions in Bali while receiving health treatment, the office head noted.

"We hope that even foreign residents can seek medical treatment here. We also hope Singaporeans and Malaysians would come here instead of the United States, and Australians too," Anom stated.

The office head explained that apart from advanced human resources and specialized treatment facilities for cancer and kidney diseases, the international hospital would also be developed with a large-scale convention center.

As the international hospital is intended to cater to middle-upper class patients, the hospital will not cater to patients under the BPJS Kesehatan insurance or be downgraded to a B-level hospital, he stated.

He affirmed that if the central government decided to employ local doctors at the hospital, the regional Health Office would invite doctors of the Prof Ngoerah General Hospital.

Meanwhile, Anom said that the international hospital, organized as a state-owned company by the central government, will be operated with Mayo Clinic as the standard reference.

He also clarified that the provincial authority is only tasked with assisting with the development of the international hospital. The local Health Office is not developing other medical facility projects in Bali except for new facilities in Petang and Abiansemal, Badung District, he added.

Translator: Ni Putu Putri M, Nabil Ihsan
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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