How can a cancer patient apply for new international anticancer treatments? What are the newest developed vaccines for adults and children? Hainan Bo’ao United Family Medical Center provides the answers with clinical cases.
If Hainan Bo’ao Lecheng International Medical Tourism Pilot Zone is compared to an airport, Hainan Bo’ao United Family Healthcare is the first airline company to settle in. On March 31, 2018, Hainan Bo’ao Medical Center was officially open. Since then, cancer patients can receive international standard cancer treatment services without the trouble of traveling overseas. Adults and children are expected to have the chance to receive the latest international vaccines in Bo’ao.
In 2013, the State Council approved the establishment of the Hainan Bo’ao Lecheng International Medical Tourism Pilot Zone, and granted nine preferential state policies for medical technology, pharmaceutical equipment, and other special licenses. Five years later, the first landmark project in the pilot zone, Bo’ao Super Hospital, was opened on schedule, aiming to explore the operating model of “a shared hospital platform + several clinical medical centers.” United Family Healthcare (UFH) was invited to join the Super Hospital and cooperate with top academicians and renowned expert teams.
“The government has given strong policy support for the Hainan Medical pilot zone. UFH strives to bring high-quality services to Bo’ao and leverage its strength to provide patients with high-quality medical services,” remarked Ms. Roberta Lipson, the Founder and CEO of UFH, on the initial idea in planning Hainan Bo’ao United Family Medical Center. UFH is also planning on other healthcare projects in Hainan.
Building a Prestigious Base
Hainan Bo’ao Lecheng International Medical Tourism Pilot Zone has received the central government’s support and enjoys nine “golden policies”, envied by the rest of the country. These preferential policies grant special review and approval for medicine that are legally listed in foreign countries but not yet in China; they review proposals for forefront medical technology research projects; they also relax regulations by granting overseas doctors three more years for their practice in the pilot zone. In 2017, Mr. Shen Xiaoming, Governor of Hainan Province, put forward the idea of establishing a super hospital and fully taking advantage of these preferential policies.
As Ms. Roberta Lipson pointed out, Hainan Government’s open policy and the plan to establish a super hospital have attracted top medical and health institutions such as UFH and academic experts from near and far. At the beginning of 2018, UFH launched the construction of Hainan Bo’ao United Family Medical Center, which was granted an operation license through the remarkable efficiency in Hainan. Bo’ao Super Hospital and the Bo’ao United Family Medical Center opened on the same day in Hainan, China.
The International Oncology Center and the International Vaccination Center are two important components of Bo’ao United Family Medical Center in Hainan. The International Vaccination Center aims to provide adults with vaccination services that are in line with international standards. “With stronger health awareness, China sees increasing numbers of people travel abroad to obtain vaccination.” Roberta Lipson believes that with the help of the Super Hospital’s licensed medical platform, there is no need to cross the border. Adults can inoculate new vaccines that are not yet approved for marketing in China, such as the HPV9 vaccine, while children can get vaccinated with new imported multi-vaccines and polyvalent vaccines.
Currently, the international oncology center provides screening and diagnosis and treatment to patients with cancerous tumors of the breast, lung, thymus, gastric, colorectal, kidney, prostate, uterus, thyroid, lymphoma, and skin (melanoma).
“UFH aims to utilize preferential policies for the Bo’ao pilot zone on the existing cancer service platform to formulate and implement diagnosis and treatments that are in line with international practices, “according to Guo Ying, Head of the UFH Oncology Center.
The Opening of the Center
According to the latest report on the incidence and death of cancer patients published by the National Cancer Center of China, an average of 7 cases are diagnosed with and 4 died of cancer per minute in China. The following are the two key factors of the low survival rate in cancer treatment in China: First, the low proportion of early diagnosed cases indicates screening is not thorough enough with low prevention awareness. Second, the clinical application of effective new drugs in China is later than that in European and American countries.