On 6 July, the Moscow International Medical Cluster was presented to major Russian investors at Moscow Urban Forum 2017. Sergey Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow, Marat Khusnullin, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Urban Development and Construction, and Leonid Pechatnikov, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Social Development, attended the session. The International Medical Cluster Foundation invited to Moscow representatives of leading medical institutions – University of Pittsburgh Medical Center UPMC ( Pittsburgh, USA), Rambam, a healthcare and research center (Haifa, Israel), Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (Seoul, South Korea).
transfer of best global healthcare achievements, knowledge and skills to Russia from abroad. Today, Russian doctors with foreign education are deprived of the opportunity to implement their experience in Russian clinics as their requirements to treatment technologies and protocols are different. Therefore, the Moscow International Medical Cluster was established, where leading international clinics from the OECD countries can treat patients using their technologies and protocols and bring in their doctors for work if they are accredited in the respective countries where the clinics are located. Both foreign and Russian doctors can work in the clinics opened on the cluster territory. Russian doctors will have to take appropriate training in the country of the respective clinic in order to work in such a clinic using international technologies and protocols. This way foreign clinics will be interested in training Russian doctors so that they would receive accreditation and return to Russia to work.
The Mayor emphasized the investment attractiveness of the project and its flexibility in terms of phasing of construction of the medical facilities with various specialization areas. "There is a large patient outflow into Germany, Israel, USA, and the volume of investments taken out by these people going abroad amounts not just to hundreds millions of dollars – it amounts to billions of dollars. This means that, unfortunately, there exists a huge amount of healthcare services which we are unable to provide in our country. And a huge volume of potential investments goes abroad," said Sergei Sobyanin. The concept of the Moscow International Medical Cluster envisages a number of medical areas which have priority in terms of the cluster construction phasing. However, the Moscow Government will take a flexible position if an investor wishes to invest in any of the areas regardless of the concept phase and the cluster filling rate.
Mikhail Yugay, CEO of IMC Foundation, spoke about the progress of the roadshow conducted to attract foreign medical clinics to the cluster. He also stated that during the roadshow three models of participation in the cluster were identified. In the first model, the clinic acts both as the operator and as the investor. In the second model, the clinic acts as the operator and looks for a partner to act as the investor. The optimum scenario in this case is a link with a Russian investor with a knowledge of the Russian market. And, finally, in the third model the investor brings in its own partner to act as the operator.
Representatives of clinics participating in the meeting, professor R. Beyar, General Director at Rambam Health Care Campus, J. Collins, Director of the Business Development Department at UPMC International, and professor K. Yu. Na, Executive Director, Foreign Relations at Bundang Hospital, answering the question why their institutions showed interest in work in the cluster all pointed out that the project is unique due to the support at the state level and a huge demand for hi-tech healthcare services in Russia.