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Not-for-profit acute hospital model to be introduced in S'pore

The Ministry of Health (MOH) intends to introduce a new not-for-profit private acute hospital model, with private healthcare operators here invited to participate in an industry consultation for such a model.

“The new not-for-profit private acute hospital model is meant to provide more options for Singaporeans who wish to seek care in the private healthcare sector,” MOH said in a media statement on Jan 8.

It pointed to a need to increase Singapore’s acute hospital bed capacity in both the public and private healthcare sectors, amid rising demand for healthcare services due to the country’s ageing population.

Under the new model, profits are not distributed to shareholders and are instead reinvested in the hospital, or used for charitable and other not-for-profit activities.

The model also aims to provide patients with appropriate and affordable care – with an emphasis on cost-efficiency and value – as well as focus mainly on serving Singapore residents, in addition to providing some subsidised acute bed capacity.

“Participants of the industry consultation will be invited to provide feedback on the proposed acute hospital requirements and suggest ideas on how the key objectives for the new hospital model can be achieved,” MOH said, adding that more details will be provided to participants upon successful registration.

The consultation will be held from January to April, with registration closing on Jan 21. Interested private healthcare operators can register their interest at

MOH data shows that demand for hospital beds here remains high, with the daily occupancy rate at public hospitals ranging between 72.5 per cent and 100 per cent in the last week of December.

As at 2022, Singapore had 19 acute hospitals – which focus on treatment and surgery – of which 10 are public and nine private.

Mount Alvernia Hospital is currently Singapore’s only private not-for-profit acute hospital. Its annual surplus goes towards developing and upgrading the hospital, supporting the Assisi Hospice as well as its community outreach activities.

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