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Jakarta Post

When price is not an issue, ‘hospitel’ is the choice

  • Kornelius Purba

    The Jakarta Post

Singapore   /   Wed, July 11 2012   /  06:30 am

Five stars: A nurse takes care of a patient in a hospital in Jakarta. Singapore’s most expensive hospital is so prestigious that many Indonesians want to make sure that everyone knows where they were treated before their death. Courtesy of RSPI“Mr. Chairman, welcome to your S$13,000 [US$10,257] per night suite,” I joked to an Indonesian colleague, as a hospital PR officer showed off “The Chairman’s Suite” to a group of journalists here on a Monday afternoon. This is very likely the most expensive hospital room in Singapore.

The executive of the Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital (MENH) proudly demonstrated to us the sophistication and opulence of the penthouse, including a private lift and extra rooms for family, guard, secretary or maid of the VVIP patient. The tariff of the “hospitel” (hospital hotel) of course was just for room and other basic services. Medical cos...