Senator Richard Gordon led the officials of the Tokushukai Medical Group, worlds 3rd largest chain of private health institutions, to Subic Bay Freeport Zone for a site inspection of proposed areas for the investors hospital and medical training center slated for construction starting next month.
Tokushukai President and CEO Dr. Takao Suzuki disclosed that the 1,000-bed medical cum retirement center worth P5.6 billion will be the latest addition to the companys existing 217 medical facilities worldwide which include 57 general hospitals. He had previously communicated with Gordon about his interest in setting up the health institution in the Philippines.
Gordon said Subic can accommodate the proposed facility adding that the international airport and seaports within the freeport zone can be utilized to facilitate the transport of medical equipment and goods as well as patients from all over Asia. He asserted that Japanese and other Asian elderly who cannot stand cold weather can find Subic as a perfect retirement area. He emphasized that this market would help boost the countrys tourism industry.
According to Gordon, Filipino nurses and caregivers can also be accommodated in the proposed medical training center, adding that they need not work abroad once the center opens.