Singapore’s private hospital conglomerate Raffles Medical Group will build a new 400-bed hospital in Shanghai, Pudong New Area, China. In collaboration with Shanghai real estate developer, Shanghai LuJiaZui Group, the new Singapore hospital will cater to Shanghai locals, expatriates and international patients otherwise known as medical tourists.

A project commencement ceremony was held at the Shangri-La Hotel this evening with VIP guests featuring the mayor of Shanghai and the Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang.

Photo from Raffles Medical Group
Photo from Raffles Medical Group

Raffles Medical Group is a private corporation and has no obligation to the Singapore people even though Singapore has been seeing a hospital bed crunch as the Singapore Government planned to increase Singapore’s population to 6.9 million.

In 2014, Changi General Hospital started building temporary tentage to house patients. A research team from the government-funded university NUS Global Asia Institute however blamed the hospital bed crunch on Singapore’s ageing population and not on the influx of foreigners:

Photo from NUS
Photo from NUS

Do you think Singapore can afford the manpower and infrastructure for a 6.9 million population?