The Kek Lok Si Charitable Hospital (KLSCH) is seeking donations from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and multinational corporations (MNCs) to expand further in order to meet rising demands in the future.
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the 50-bed hospital, which was expected to open its doors next month, operates largely on donations.
He noted that operating a non-profit charitable hospital was a major challenge, especially in the management to procure sufficient financial backing to meet operation costs as well as daily expenses.
“The state government understands the sense of urgency to have sufficient funds for the viability of this charitable hospital. I also urge all NGOs as well as MNCs to come forward to support this meaningful venture by KLSCH,” he said in a press conference after a visit to the hospital today.
Earlier today, Chow announced a RM200,000 allocation from the state government to Yayasan Kek Lok Si.
Meanwhile, KLSCH medical superintendent Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan said that the hospital was self-sustainable if medical fees were fully paid by patients, even at a discounted rate.
“However, patients who could not afford to fully pay the discounted medical fees can apply for a subsidy from Yayasan Kek Lok Si,” he added.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency