June 27, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s state-run Sri Jayawardanapura Hospital, established as a cost-recovery hospital which levies some fees from patients has raised 1.69 billion rupees in revenues for in 2011, a finance ministry report said. The Treasury has given an 840 million rupee grant for capital expenditure and 231 million rupees for current expenses, up from 775 million rupees for capex in 2010 and 115 million rupees for current expenses.
In 2010 the hospital had earned 1,620 million in revenues. The fees had not been changed in 2011.
The finance ministry report noted that a parliament committee on public enterprises had said that its management was not properly constituted and there were lapses in internal controls.
In 2011, the hospital had treated 52,554 patients up 2.6 percent from a year earlier. It bed occupancy was 63.8 percent in 2011 and 66 percent in 2010.
“The growing market for e-health is another aspect of the modern health industry that is both efficient and cost effective, with the potential to be successful in Sri Lanka, especially with IT literacy around 30 percent, and with more than 280,000 accessing internet and broadband by the end of 2011,” the finance ministry said.
“In this regard