SINGAPORE (July 23): In Singapore, IHH Healthcare is perhaps best known for its luxurious Mount Elizabeth Novena hospital. Here, patients are treated by physicians in the comfort of single-bedded rooms. The suites, which cost from $1,398 a day, can be as large as 180 sq m and boast premium features such as coffee machines, rain showers and temperature-controlled toilet seats.

The opulence is partly due to the hospital’s clientele. IHH’s Singapore brands Parkway and Gleneagles are associated with some of the region’s leading specialists, and their patients typically seek premium care. But IHH CEO Dr Tan See Leng says the hospital’s model is also a reflection of the changing nature of healthcare.

“We have moved away from building 500-bed facilities. Our sweet spot is now about 250 to 300 beds,” says Tan. “The reality is that with medical advances, with medical technology, the number of hospitalisations that require long-term stays is actually shrinking. Our average length of stay is actually shrinking. A lot of these moves are to stay in tune with the times and stay ahead of the curve.”

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