Sri Lanka state teaching hospital to offer services for fees and free

Colombo East Teaching Hospital

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers had given clearance for a newly acquired former private hospital to offer fee based and free services, the state information service said.

East Colombo Teaching Hospital, formerly a privately owned Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital, has been cleared to operate a ‘mixed service model’ where health services will be given free as well as for a fee.

The Ministry of Health acquired the hospital which also had a private medical college after President Maithripala Sirisena agreed to protests by the Government Medical Officers Association.

The GMOA opposed the hospital after a change of government in 2015.

The hospital will also continue with its teaching activities. (Colombo/Sept11/2019)