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Diversification - The Healthcare Sector?


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I remember a while back a poster suggesting that the Island look at using it's healthcare sector for diversification. Which made me think, many people go away to India or Eastern Europe to get procedures done cheaply and far quicker than they would do in the UK. So do you think the Island could diversify by (for example) creating a small private hospital (or building one connected to the current one) and by undertaking procedures for people at a reduced rate?

 

This is not to suggest that the NHS should be dismantelled - rather that maybe the IOM should use the shortcomings of the NHS in the UK to create a new source of income.

 

Discuss?....

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I remember a while back a poster suggesting that the Island look at using it's healthcare sector for diversification. Which made me think, many people go away to India or Eastern Europe to get procedures done cheaply and far quicker than they would do in the UK. So do you think the Island could diversify by (for example) creating a small private hospital (or building one connected to the current one) and by undertaking procedures for people at a reduced rate?

 

This is not to suggest that the NHS should be dismantelled - rather that maybe the IOM should use the shortcomings of the NHS in the UK to create a new source of income.

 

Discuss?....

 

It should have been done when we pissed away £150m on the New Nobles. The new Nobles could have been a campus site (it still could accomodate a huge campus style educational facility). It could have had tax breaks attached to it so consultants could book their earnings offshore tax advantaged. It could have attracted big private investment into all sorts of niche sectors (cosmetic surgery, specialist surgeries etc). It could have been a lot of things - sadly all it is now is a fucking big empty mediocre hospital with various outbuildings where most of the complex stuff gets referred back to the UK which we also pay for. Its possibly the biggest own goal we have scored in the last 50 years.

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..the biggest own goal we have scored in the last 50 years.

Nobles vs IRIS vs MEA ?

 

An overgrown economically unviable hospital - £150m

Pumping shit up hill and still ending up with smelly beaches - £700m?

Pissing money against a wall for no real reason and having no authority to do it - £450m?

 

I agree its a tough call.

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StuartT - yes. As I put in the thread about the animation firm, as the Island isn't going to be the next centre of world Iron and Steel production or find 50 years supply of oil offshore, it has to push for high value, location independent and 'brain' based enterprises. Specialist medical treatments would fit the bill perfectly.

 

The DED have got to explore every avenue and offer any economically viable incentive to diversify the economy.

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I'm guessing that if the Island had a hospital attracting private business from all round the UK, it be very beneficial as it would ensure the Island has the best equipment, resources, quality of healthcare and staff available for both it's NHS patients and private customers. Ie if it became a specialist centre with the funding of private healthcare then it would draw the people who are really pushing the boundaries in treatment.

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StuartT - yes. As I put in the thread about the animation firm, as the Island isn't going to be the next centre of world Iron and Steel production or find 50 years supply of oil offshore, it has to push for high value, location independent and 'brain' based enterprises. Specialist medical treatments would fit the bill perfectly.

 

The DED have got to explore every avenue and offer any economically viable incentive to diversify the economy.

 

I'm guessing the other advantage of having a private facility is that even if there is a shortfall in the amount of private patients at time, it means there will be enough trained staff to deal with the needs of the Islands rapidly aging population...

 

Also being cynical you could bolt a lot onto it...

"Get your health problems, finances sorted, plus take a relaxing break in some beautiful scenery, and why not enjoy our shopping district whilst you're here to bring back souveniers for your family.

 

Sadly I doubt the vision exists to see it through...

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MEA was 120 million I think.

 

Well there you go, As a Manx fuck up thats cheaper than the Hospital so the Hospital probably wins. Regarding IRIS I have heard figures anywhere up to £900m so its anyones guess how much we paid to make absolutely no difference to our environment whatsover. I wish the press reports from the eighties were still available online so we could see just how badly IRIS was over sold. Personally I have been expecting my own arse wiping and environmentally friendly sewage disposal system as promised by Dr John Orme in 1989.

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think of it in this way, some woman from some foreign country pays 10 grand to have her face done at a swanky private hospital. then she has a reaction to anaesthetic and needs an ICU bed where are they going to go? Nobles of course.

 

Would you then be happy if your relative could not get the intensive care they needed because some desparate housewife wasn't asked if she was allergic to any medication!!

 

i don't think so!!

 

and before anyone says anything private ICU's are few and far between because they cost a fortune to staff and run.

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think of it in this way, some woman from some foreign country pays 10 grand to have her face done at a swanky private hospital. then she has a reaction to anaesthetic and needs an ICU bed where are they going to go? Nobles of course.

 

Would you then be happy if your relative could not get the intensive care they needed because some desparate housewife wasn't asked if she was allergic to any medication!!

 

Think of it another way. Some non EU citizen who has never paid NI within the EU comes here and gets a cleaning job on £200 a week. Their parents register at their flat in Douglas. Their parents turn up an Nobles with pre existing health conditions and get treated for nothing as they appear to be Manx residents with a Manx address. People are taking the piss much more blatently than your one off example. All you have to rock up with is an IoM postal address and its all there free of charge.

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