JINAN -- China's first hospital founded by an insurance
firm, in cooperation with local government, opened on Sunday,
creating a new model for health care.
Approved by the China Insurance Regulatory Commission, the
Sunshine Union Hospital opened in Weifang City in east China's
The Sunshine Insurance Group invested 3 billion yuan ($461
million) to set up the hospital in cooperation with the city
Zhang Weigong, chair of the insurance firm, said at the opening
ceremony that the hospital will experiment with introducing
commercial medical insurance in hospital fee payment, allowing
people better access to medical services.
The class A hospital, on par with all major hospitals in big
Chinese cities such as Beijing and Tianjin, covers 63 hectares of
land and can accommodate up to 2,000 inpatients.
Liu Shuguang, mayor of Weifang, said in addition to the
hospital, the city is also pushing forward medical reforms in
public hospitals by encouraging private capital to invest in
The hospital is part of China's plan to build a
"healthy China" laid out in the government's 13th
Five-year Plan (2016 to 2020). It offers a guideline to reform the
country's health insurance system to give people easier and
better access to medical services.
Previously, provinces such as Jilin, Heilongjiang, Guangdong and
Hainan started experimenting with commercial insurance for critical
illnesses to complement basic medical insurance.
In late March, the government of Zibo city in Shandong became
the latest to link e-pharmacies with government hospitals. JD.com and Shandong Xinhua Pharmaceutical,
a pharmacy listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, were tasked with
operating an out-of-hospital platform linked with in-hospital
prescriptions. Hospitals were asked to share information with the
platform to allow patients to purchase drugs easily.
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