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‘Entry of Shifa to bring down healthcare cost’


K.T. Mohammed Rabeeh Rabeeullah.Pic: Agencies

Muscat: Entry of Shifa Al Jazeera hospital chain is expected to bring down healthcare cost in the Sultanate in a big way, the promoters of the group claimed here.

"We will charge only RO2 as consultation fee from patients for all doctors, including specialised doctors, in the first year of operation," said K.T. Mohammed Rabeeh Rabeeullah, chairman of the group. He said the medical bill in the Sultanate is expected to come down as much as 50 per cent once the group starts its operation by early 2014.

In fact, this is expected to give a tough time for those established private hospital chains and polyclinics in the country, which are now charging exorbitant fees from hapless patients due to lack of competition.

"We have been providing quality healthcare services to the people at the lowest costs compared to any private hospital in any of our operating markets. We will follow the same formula in Oman.

 The concept entails higher utility of the hospital facilities reaching high capacity utilisation reflecting in low over heads and affordable hospital bills to patients. There is no compromise on quality in the whole process," Rabeeullah added, emphasising on volume business for reducing healthcare cost.

Further, Shifa Al Jazeera group is planning to allocate Rs5 crore for extending a helping hand to the poor for medical expense and other financial needs as part of its charity work, once the hospital starts operation in Oman. A three-member panel, appointed by the management, will carefully decide the deserving cases.

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