Part of the new office tower being built in the Vivian Pellas hospital at a cost of $18 million will be used for the care of foreign patients.
With patients coming from the United States and Europe, most of whom require services related to stem cells, orthopedics and bariatric surgery, average spending by tourists in the medical sector ranges from between $1,000 $2,000 daily. The dynamic medical tourism market in Central America is being influenced by the recent approval in the U.S. of the "Obama Care" health insurance system which is motivating migration of consumers to foreign health care centers that offer lower costs and sometimes less than the deductible that would be paid in the US.
The Social Security Department will build a new medical tower at Calderon Hospital, and nine new primary care centers.
An article in Crhoy.com reports that "The Social Security Department (CCSS in Spanish) has approved the use of 13,550 million colones ($26 million) for the construction of 9 EBAIS (primary care) centers and the start of works on the medical tower at Calderon Guardia Hospital in the first stage. "
Spanish company Health Lean Logistics (HLL) has won the contract to manage logistics in the Panamanian hospital network.
Health Lean Logistics (HLL) is a company specialized in design, implementation and managing of solutions in the field of logistics and purchase in the health sector.
"The company ... which has came out victorious in a tender filed by five other groups, will be responsible for the next three years of implementation and management of the supply chain applied to all hospitals, polyclinics and units from the Panamanian Social Security Fund, the entity bidding the health contract,” reports the article in Expansion.com.
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