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Medical Mall in Hangzhou brings sharing economy concept to medical services
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China’s burgeoning ‘sharing economy’ has enabled people to share housing, automobiles, bikes, and even phone chargers, while recently in Hangzhou, a city in eastern China, the sharing craze reached the medical services—hospital sharing. So, sharing is not confined to individual consumers; now medical institutions can also benefit from it by haring equipment and sites necessary for providing medical services.

Behind the first ‘shared hospital’ project in China, which is named Medical Mall, are joint efforts of the Hangzhou Full International Health Care Management Center Co., Ltd and the Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital (SRRSH).

Medical Mall was originally built to be an affiliation of the Hangzhou-based SRRSH. China Central Television (CCTVV) reported that when the regulators heard about the complaints about limited space, staff and equipment shortage at the moving-in clinics, they approved for the Hangzhou Full International Health Care Out-patient Department to provide all required apparatus, consulting, operating rooms and pharmacies for use of all moving-in clinics.

In this way, there would be no rigid requirements for clinics to set departments and medical apparatus. They could just move in, and then share equipment and operating rooms with others, with no burden of additional investment.

The Hangzhou Full International Health Care Management Center Co. is jointly invested by three public companies —Hangzhou Jiebai Group, Dian Diagnostics and Baida Group, according to a filing by the company.

The Medical Mall is based inside the Hangzhou Tower 501 City Life Square, an urban complex, occupying floors 6 to 20. Specialized clinics like dental, gynecology, psychology, medical beauty and rehabilitation would occupy the 6th to 14th floor, while floors above would house the Full International Health Care Management Center, also called the SRRSH International Medical Care Center.

Many renowned specialty clinics like Fang Hui Chun Tang and Wellem pediatrics have already moved into the mall.“It’s still early to say the model would soon become popular or be widely adopted. They are currently still in the phase of promoting the concept of ‘sharing’. Unlike the bike-sharing project, the model of medical mall is actually not totally new,” said Shi Lichen, the founder of Max Colla (Peking) Science and Technology Ltd., a third-party medical service system.

Some people welcomed the new development, expecting it to bring more freedom to medical practitioners, but Shi disagrees. “The regulations and industry environment would not allow the public hospital system to be undermined. With not enough medical talents, the hospital-sharing project could hardly make it possible for doctors to practice medicine freely,” he said, calling for more policy incentives from the government.

The article is based on a National Business Daily report. 


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