Tomishiro Chuo Hospital establishes alliance with counterpart in Thailand

August 26, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 25, Tomishiro Chuo Hospital (Director Yoshiki Shiohira), located in Tomigusuku City, established a medical alliance with a hospital group of the Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Public Company Limited, which, together with its subsidiaries, operates hospitals in Thailand. Both hospitals will share information on matters such as patients’ records, and to facilitate the mutual introduction and acceptance of patients who need medical treatment for a sudden illness or injury during their travels to Okinawa and Thailand, and when they are returning to their countries.

It has been a challenge for the Okinawa tourism industry to respond to sudden illness of foreign tourists during their stay in Okinawa. Shiohira said, “The number of people coming here from other countries will continue to increase, and so we will inevitably be involved in supporting them in times of medical emergency. We will provide a system capable of coping with the sudden illness of foreign tourists.”

As part of its medical tourism services, Tomishiro Chuo Hospital has provided cancer health checks for Chinese visitors since 2010. The hospital has strengthened its support system for Chinese by employing Chinese and Taiwanese staff and interpreters, and has introduced the China Union Pay card system, China’s largest credit card.

The president of the hospital stated, “Okinawa has geographical advantages and so there will be increased tourism from Asian countries. We want to assist them from a medical standpoint.”

In addition to the Tomishiro Chuo Hospital in Okinawa, the Bangkok hospital group has already established partnerships with 12 hospitals in other parts of Japan.

(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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