Come January next year, a new multimillion-dollar, glass-encased surgical hospital in Kilmore St will open its doors and cause a huge upheaval in the region’s health arena.Forte Health is poised to enter the private-hospital realm with a small army of 25 specialist surgeons as its shareholders.Health economists and experts also query the way the new enterprise appears to be “cherry-picking the private sector” by targeting the easiest operations.
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This new surgeon-shareholder business model will force Christchurch’s existing private hospitals out of the competition for day surgery, Brooks said.
And, if this model gains momentum, surgeons across the country could view it as a “vehicle for income opportunities” and this could lead to an upheaval of private healthcare in New Zealand, he said.
“We are all waiting to see what will happen.” Forte Health chairman David Barker said the hospital had grown out of the earthquake-damaged Oxford Clinic and that it would be “replacing and enhancing competition” in the private market that was lost as a result of the quake.