Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou (MCHG), a unit of China's BOAI Medical Group, is planning to set up a hospital in Thailand to accommodate cancer patients in Southeast Asia.
Xiao Chi Peng, the head doctor at MCHG, said the hospital is currently in talks with the Thai government to set up its first hospital outside China.
The operator of the 300-bed hospital in Guangzhou province set up its headquarters in Thailand a week ago and has referred 10 patients to the mainland.
"Thailand is an advanced country and a medical hub in Asean. We want our headquarters to be in the centre of the region," said Dr Peng, noting some of MCHG's technologies are more progressive than what is available in Thailand.
Most patients are used to chemistry and radiation treatment, but they cannot be used by all patients.
"Minimally invasive therapy, which is what we have used for six to seven years, is considered a better treatment," said Dr Peng.
The hospital also employs targeted therapies and combines Chinese and Western medications.
Dr Peng said the cost of cancer treatment at MCHG is a tenth of that in Singapore, as tools and labour in China are not expensive.
The average treatment for Thai patients costs 250,000 to 300,000 baht per person. The cost for patients where the cancer was detected early starts at 200,000 baht, running up to 400,000 baht for advanced treatment.
Early detection at the hospital affords patients a 95% chance of recovery, he added.
Most of MCHG's patients are those with middle to advanced stages of cancer.
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