Tree Top: ‘A hospital for the rich’?

Tree Top: ‘A hospital for the rich’?
March 01 17:04 2018

The much-anticipated opening Thursday of a US$110 million tertiary hospital in Hulhumalé has drawn criticism over its steep prices.

The Tree Top Hospital charges a fee of MVR 750 (US$48.5) for consultations and doctors appointments. But Maldivians will get a 30 percent discount, a hospital official told local media. 

The multi-speciality hospital is a project of Tree Top Investments, a partnership between prominent tourism companies, which enlisted Turkish company Turmaks Alke for the construction and Malaysia’s Ramsay Sime Darby for management.

Only admissions will be covered by the government’s health insurance scheme Aasandha, resort tycoon and one of the hospital’s investors Hussain Afeef told the press earlier this week.

The hospital opening prompted debates among Maldivians on social media, with some comparing its fee to the cost of travelling to a neighbouring country while others accused the resort oligarchs of trying to profit from healthcare.

“The consultation fee is MVR 750. Is this affordable to normal people? Question is, was this hospital built for the rich? Thank you, nation. Let’s pay more taxes to MIRA.”

“A doctor’s appointment for 750/-. Even if Aasandha pays some of it, the money goes to champa. Champa got rich from the island nearby. The money the ordinary man has for medical bills must now go to champaa too”

TreeTop Hospital is a step towards Medical Tourism in Maldives in the near future. Currently it appears affordable…

Posted by Jaleel Ahmed on Wednesday, 28 February 2018

The pricing floor for services of Tree Top seems tremendously expensive and unaffordable for people in need of such…

Posted by Sharif Mohamed on Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Tree top hospital like a five star hotel more then a hospital.

Posted by Ahmed Naseem Beyya on Wednesday, 28 February 2018

IA Maadamaa akee Sih’hee Dhaairaa ge Haasa Bodu Dhuvaheh. Tree Top Hospital ge Hidhumah Rasmeekoh Fashaa Dhuvas. Mi…

Posted by George Angel on Wednesday, 28 February 2018

“Insha Allah, tomorrow is a big day for Maldives Health sector. The day tree top hospital officially opens. This administration has brought a revolutionary change to the health sector.

#ThankYouPresidentYameen #RY2018”

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