Clarifying the mission
Why is Asia underserved by hospitals? First, the region is extremely populous in absolute terms, with China and India between them accounting for over one-third of global population. Second, robust economic growth has created a new middle-class with more money to spend on healthcare. Third, since prosperity brings longevity in its wake, treatment is shifting away from simple communicable diseases to lifestyle diseases like diabetes, heart disease and obesity. While government-run hospitals are quite capable of dealing with communicable diseases, they often lack the resources to provide the sophisticated, long-term care that such lifestyle diseases demand.
Now Mitsui had a mission and a vision: to build hospitals in the emerging world offering the cutting-edge medical know-how of the developed world. And with hospitals firmly positioned at the core, around them we could build an integrated healthcare platform of ancillary services such as clinics and pharmacies, staffing services, catering and cleaning, and data and information services.