CEO of the IMC Foundation: Russia Can Develop Healthcare Using South Korean Experience

Source: Lenta TASS
Russia can use the successful experience of South Korea in healthcare development. This is what CEO of the IMC Foundation Mikhail Yugay said in an interview to TASS on Thursday after visiting Seoul as a member of the Russian delegation.

According to Mr. Yugay, the Russian delegation is mostly interested in learning about how South Korea has developed its healthcare system over the last 10-15 years so as to come fifth in the rating of countries with the most efficient healthcare. The first two places are occupied by Singapore and Hong Kong, followed by Italy, Japan and South Korea.

The agenda of the visit included meetings with representatives of the Healthcare and Social Development Ministry of South Korea, visits to healthcare institutions and Bundang Hospital of the Seoul National University.

The South Korean Bundang Hospital is known as one of the most high-tech hospitals in the world. In particular, it was one of the first in South Korea to switch to paper-free technologies. "In Russia we have a problem of doctors having to do a lot of paperwork. This is wrong. A doctor creates added value by treating a patient and not by doing paperwork. Our doctors spend from 50 to 80 % of their time on paperwork, which is absurd," said the IMC Foundation CEO.

He also said that currently a project is under development for Bundang to create a hospital in the Skolkovo area, and the Russian management company Tashir Medica will act as the investor.

The best hospital in the world will be built in Moscow. According to Mr. Yugay, the idea of creating the Moscow International Medical Cluster is to establish on its territory the branches of hospitals operating in other countries. Bundang was built in 2003, quite a lot of time has passed since then. That is why South Korea does not want to build a replica of the hospital operating in Seoul, but to create the best hospital in the world, implement the best new technology, ideas and even dreams according to the latest technological, logistic, and informational possibilities», – he noted.

The hospital is to be launched in 2020-2021. According to Mr. Yugay, the medical cluster expects the main flow of patients to be from Russia, primarily from Moscow agglomeration. "Moscow and the nearby towns account for 25 million people," he said. Europeans will be coming to Skolkovo for medical treatment. The IMC Foundation is also currently engaged in negotiations with European insurance companies. The prospect of a Moscow hospital operating under West European standards at significantly cheaper treatment prices has incited great interest.

"And such practice already exists. For instance, a UK insurance company sends patients to the Baltic countries that are members of the EU and operate under European standards, but the cost of treatment there differs substantially. Such a project can be realized in our country as well, believes Mr. Yugay. He estimates that the cost of treatment at the Moscow International Medical Cluster in Skolkovo will be "definitely lower" than the world average.

In his opinion, the key criterion for selecting cluster participants is meeting the requirements of the healthcare system of Moscow and the Russian Federation.

The mentality of Russian doctors should be changed. Another criterion that we are looking for is a patient-oriented model of healthcare applied in addition to the clinical requirements. "The hospitals that can bring in this philosophy and pass it on to our doctors (and at least half of the doctors in each clinic will be from Russia). They should adopt it and pass it on down the line to the larger part of Russia," stressed Mr. Yugay. "Thus, these clinics will also be training centers for Russian doctors and centers that will form a new ideology," he added.

Innovations in healthcare. Mr. Yugay stresses that it is very important that the cluster is located in the Skolkovo Innovation Center, because all the important developments in healthcare in the near future will occur on the cusp of several disciplines.

"As Skolkovo has biomedical, informational, and physical clusters, it is crucial that we will have a concentration of intellectual resources from various fields in one area that will result in the creation of a very high added value," summed up Mr. Yugay.

SEOUL, November, 10. /TASS correspondent Stanislav Varivoda /.

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