11 May 2012

CNMI looks at privatising health centre

8:30 am on 11 May 2012

The Northern Marianas is now looking at privatizing the Commonwealth Center barely seven months after the government hospital transitioned into a corporation.

The Governor Benigno Fitial's Press secretary says the administration is working with Philippine-based The Medical City to assess the viability of transitioning the only government hospital in the CNMI into a private entity.

The Medical City is a tertiary care hospital with over 40 years' experience in hospital operation and administration.

It's currently building an estimated $220-million private hospital in Guam, to be called the Guam Regional Medical City and to be completed in 2014.

Privatization is expected help the Northern Marianas Hospital further improve the delivery of patient care and treatment, billings and collections, among other things.

The hospital has been struggling financially since being taken over by the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation late last year.