TOKYO -- A health care provider under the umbrella of Philippine conglomerate Ayala is planning 500-bed general hospitals in suburbs of Manila, aiming to streamline health care services by integrating large facilities with a network of small clinics.
QualiMed's first flagship hospital will open no later than 2019 in Balintawak, north of Manila. A second large hospital will be added around 2021 in an area south of Manila. QualiMed eventually aims to deploy the hospital-clinic business model in the Visayas, a group of islands in the central Philippines, as well as on the southernmost main island of Mindanao.
QualiMed is known for its price-competitiveness, offering medical services 30-40% cheaper than rivals. It has until now focused on clinics and midsize hospitals with 100 to 120 beds. But health care demand from the middle class is expanding fast as the Philippine economy grows at a rapid clip.
The new, scaled-up business model features large "hub" hospitals surrounded by clinics. Patients will be diagnosed at the clinics and transferred to the hubs if hospitalization or surgery is needed. QualiMed believes that hub-centered clinic business model will be more cost-effective than building and operating multiple midsize hospitals.