Private sector hospitals thrive
[Private sector Healthcare]
* The country has well trained specialists
* Over 60 percent seek private outdoor
* Approval for four new hospitals for 2010
Private sector hospitals in Sri Lanka are on par with international
standards and they have the potential to attract foreign clientele. This
could bring in valuable foreign exchange and also reputation for the
country as a world-class healthcare provider, Provincial Director of
Health Services Western Province and founder Secretary Private Health
Services Regulatory Council, Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva told the Daily
The country has the capability to compete with international
healthcare institutions as it possesses manpower, building, machinery,
methodology and support service of world standards.
Country’s specialists are well trained
The country’s specialists are well trained. Most of these hospitals
are equipped with latest technology and there have been substantial
investments in the private sector healthcare facilities by the local
investors, he said.
Over 60 percent of the patients seek outdoor healthcare from private
sector whereas 10 to 15 percent seek ward facilities in the private
sector. However, as a country there is a need for more private
There are 8,000 beds in the private sector and this needs to be
increased by 3,000 beds to meet the growing demand. “We need the private
sector to play a vibrant role in the healthcare sector”, he said.
There are many patients in the waiting list as the supply is much
less than the demand.
There is a huge opportunity in the North and the East with peace
coming in. The private healthcare facilities in these provinces need to
be strengthened to facilitate the demand, he said.
There are over 200 private healthcare institutions in the country and
approval has been given to open four more during the year. The private
healthcare institutions progress well due improvement in the ability and
willingness to pay and the third party mechanism such as medical
insurance, he said.
“We encourage listing of private healthcare institutions in the stock
market as it is a positive move that would generate additional capital
and ensure transparency. It will also provide satisfaction for local
investors that they have invested in the country’s healthcare sector,”
Narahenpita has become the private hospital hub in the country like
the hospital square in Colombo.