At the end of March eye hospitals from around the world have made
agreements in South-East Asia regarding the exchange of high-level
medical and organizational knowledge. By cooperating internationally,
the eye hospitals hope to guarantee the best available ophthalmic care
to the patient.
While in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok continuously many very
luxurious office buildings, shopping malls and cultural facilities are
being built, eye hospitals are constructing a worldwide cooperation at
these very same locations.
Thanks to the franchise concept, you encounter the same top brands in
South-East Asian shopping malls as in the shopping Valhallas in the
West. The client knows these worldwide brands and is very well able to
estimate its quality and price. In health care this still takes a long
way. Between and even within hospitals large quality differences can be
noticed. Something of which the patient can not have a clear idea.
Branding and uniformization which on the one hand lead to a cost
reduction and on the other hand show the quality difference between
providers, are still missing internationally or are still in its
By looking together at protocols, procedures and quality, not
everyone has to re-invent the wheel. During the yearly meeting of the
association it was decided to set up an educational programme, where
excellent doctors in training, nurses and other employees can be
exchanged between the hospitals.
All hospitals which are member of the WAEH are “centres of
excellence” in the area of ophthalmology. This means that they are all
focused on delivering the best and most safe ophthalmic care. The WAEH
members find it obvious that they are all acknowledged in the near
future. By showing that one meets the highest international standards,
one also attracts new patients. Especially hospitals in South-East Asia
see possibilities for medical tourism, a combination of holidays and
Not only adults profit from this international knowledge sharing, but
also the young children. During the meeting, Mr. Chris Sanders,
ambassador of The Netherlands in Singapore, launched a Chinese version
of the original Dutch information site for children: www.eye4kids.eu.
The website Eye4Kids has been developed in 2006 by eye doctors and
orthopaedists of the Eye Hospital Rotterdam for especially children. On
this website children can find information about eyes and ophthalmic
The cooperation between the eye hospitals contributes to the
objectives of the project Vision2020 of the World Health Organization
(WHO). The most important objective is to halve the amount of blinds and
visually handicapped people worldwide in 2020.
The WAEH meeting in 2009 will be organized by the St. Eriks Eye
Hospital of the famous Karolinska Institute in Stockholm (the university
which hands out the Nobel price for health care every year).
Note for the editors
The World Association of Eye Hospitals was founded in 2007 in
Rotterdam as a coordinating body of the American, European and Asian eye
hospitals. Centres of excellence from several countries are member of
the WAEH and of the executive board.
For more information regarding the World Association of Eye Hospitals you can contact:
Eye Hospital Rotterdam Maaike van Zuilen firstname.lastname@example.org Schiedamse Vest 180 3011 BH Rotterdam
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