Badung to Get Intl ‘Tourism Hospital’


Officials from the Health Department in Badung have announced ambitious plans to build a 500-bed “tourism hospital” with international accreditation in southern Bali, with funding of Rp40 billion (US$4.5 million) earmarked for the project.

After a meeting with Badung regent A.A. Gde Agung and director-general of the Health Department Dr Supriyanto, Badung planning chief Wayan Suambara told reporters that confirmation of the project was expected soon.

Suambara said that an initial request for funding of Rp1.3 billion ($145,600) for construction and equipment had been lodged with the regency government, adding that as soon as funding was guaranteed an initial feasibility study would be carried out and a masterplan for the development would be organised.

A team from the Health Department is already in place to conduct the surveys.

According to initial plans prepared by the department the hospital will feature accommodation for 500 inpatients, with 138 of them in a specially reserved wing for international patients.  Officials say that they hope to obtain US-based Joint Commission International accreditation for the hospital. Currently only two Indonesian hospitals — both in Jakarta — are accredited as meeting that standard.

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