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Hong Kong Food and Health Bureau and Leading Private Health Providers Visit Bupa Guangzhou Integrated Medical Centre

Bupa is keen to play an active role in the Greater Bay Area

Hong Kong,07 Aug 2018

A delegation of the Food and Health Bureau of the Hong Kong Government and leading private health providers visited Bupa Guangzhou Integrated Medical Centre.

Headed by Professor Sophia Chan, Secretary for Food and Health of the Hong Kong government, the delegation comprises around 100 members including senior officials from the Hong Kong government, senior executives of leading private healthcare providers, healthcare professionals and training bodies in Hong Kong.

Elaine Chu, General Manager of Quality HealthCare Medical Services (QHMS), Bupa’s health provision business in Hong Kong, said:” We are very passionate about the Greater Bay Area initiative. As an early mover, we are very honored to showcase our medical centre to the delegation.

The ever closer economic and commercial tie within the bay area creates lots of potential for both sides’ collaboration on healthcare services. We are very keen to leverage on Bupa’s strong presence in Hong Kong to contribute to the industry’s development in the region.”

As an international leading health and care group, Bupa provides primary care services in Hong Kong through QHMS, which is one of Hong Kong’s largest private clinic networks. Bupa has also been a health insurance specialist in Hong Kong since 1976.

In August 2017, Bupa launched its first wholly owned integrated medical centre in Guangzhou enabled through CEPA1, expanding its footprint into the healthcare provision sector in mainland China.

This investment was preluded by the signing of a tri-party framework agreement on the Great Bay Area Initiative2, under which the central government, Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau will join effort to build a world-class city cluster across the region.

In the healthcare sector, the introduction of private capital and the development of high-end healthcare services in Guangdong has been defined as one of the priorities. 

China’s central government is now mulling over a national outline on the development of the Greater Bay Area which is expected to be released very soon to guide the investment and implementation in the region.

Dr. Yat Chow, Executive Medical Director of QHMS said: “As a leading health provider in Hong Kong, we look forward to working with health authorities and other peer players to realize the growth potential for the industry.

We hope the Greater Bay Area initiative will make it easier for Hong Kong players to bring their advanced experiences, best practices and expertise in healthcare to the bay area, enabling local consumers to enjoy high quality, affordable health services.”

Both Ms. Chu and Dr. Chow have been invited to join the delegation.

 

1 CEPA is short for The Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement. It is an economic agreement between the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Central People’s Government of China signed on 29 June 2003. Regular supplements have been signed between the Mainland and Hong Kong government, with the most recent supplement signed on 28 June 2017. Under CEPA, qualifying products, companies and residents of Hong Kong enjoy preferential access to the mainland Chinese market.

2 Great Bay Area Initiative (GBA) – The GBA initiative refers to China’s central government's plan to build a world-class city cluster across the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau region. The initiative involves 11 cities, including Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Huizhou, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing

About Bupa

Bupa’s purpose is helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

With no shareholders, our customers are our focus. We reinvest profits into providing more and better healthcare for the benefit of current and future customers.

We serve 15.5m health insurance customers, provide healthcare to over 14.5m people in our clinics and hospitals and look after over 22,900 aged care residents.

We directly employ over 78,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, Chile, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the USA, Brazil, the Middle East and Ireland. We also have associate businesses in Saudi Arabia and India.

Health insurance accounts for the majority of our business. In some markets we also operate clinics, dental centres, hospitals and care homes and villages.

For more information, visit www.bupa.com.

 

Bupa in China

Bupa has had a Representative Office in Beijing since 2006, serving primarily to understand the market, build relationships and explore opportunities for building our domestic presence in China.

In 2011, we also set up Bupa Consulting (Beijing), providing services including administrative and customer support for global health plans underwritten by Alltrust Insurance.

As an extension to the 10-year exclusive distribution partnership between Bupa and Hang Seng Bank in Hong Kong, Bupa and Alltrust Insurance partner with Hang Seng Bank in China to provide Hang Seng’s personal and corporate customers with access to a unique suite of medical insurance products.

In August 2017, we launched our first integrated medical centre in China, expanding Bupa’s footprint to China’s domestic healthcare provision sector.

For more information, visit www.bupa.com.cn.

 

About Quality Healthcare

Quality HealthCare Medical Services Limited (QHMS), Hong Kong, became part of Bupa, an international healthcare group, in October 2013.

QHMS' operations span diagnostics, primary healthcare and day care specialties.

With roots tracing back to 1868, QHMS serves the community through a network of around 110 multi-specialty centres and over 1200 affiliated clinics offering Western Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Diagnostics & Imaging, Dental, Physiotherapy services, etc. It also operates a private nursing agency.

QHMS is one of the largest providers of healthcare services to corporates in Hong Kong. In 2017, the Group recorded more than 3 million healthcare visits. QHMS endeavors to enhance the quality of professional services continuously to satisfy the needs of customers and patients.

 

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Yuqian YIN

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Email: yuqian.yin@bupa.com.cn

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