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Private healthcare: URA releases Novena site

Posted by jtsmyth8 on October 29, 2007

A 1.7HA site in Novena to build a private hospital was released for tender by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Monday. It is the first time in 31 years such a site has been put on the market, since the site of Mount Elizabeth Hospital was sold in 1976.

The move is part of the Government’s plan to release more land for medical facilities, to meet both the needs of the population here, and rising demand for medical services by foreigners.

More than 410,000 foreign patients were treated here last year, a 15 per cent jump over the previous year.

The Novena site, along Irrawaddy Road and opposite Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), will be leased out for 99 years.

The URA said in a statement on Monday that the new hospital’s total floor area cannot exceed 7.2ha, and that at least 35 per cent of the area must be used for inpatient wards.

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2 Responses to “Private healthcare: URA releases Novena site”

  1. YK said

    Health care cost seemed to rise and rise. It’s always good to lead a healthy lifestyle and pray that you won’t need to visit hospital…

  2. jtsmyth8 said

    Absolutely true. Living a healthy lifestyle is the best form of prevention. However with an aging population avoiding a hospital visit seems unlikely. More health care facilities is never a bad thing. You never know when the next “pandemic” is around the corner.

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