Icon Group, has signed a milestone agreement at this week’s ASEAN-Australia Summit to deliver cancer care infrastructure and technology in Vietnam. The agreement comes off the back of Icon’s growing Asian footprint and will provide the local cancer community with increased access to comprehensive care close to home.
The agreement was confirmed on 16th March, when Vietnamese Prime Minister, His Excellency Mr Nguyen Xuan Phuc, met with Icon Group at the Vietnam-Australia Business Forum.
Icon Group is delivering an ambitious growth profile in Australasian healthcare, with Vietnam and China key focus areas. These agreements mark a significant milestone in Icon Group’s vision to make an impact on global cancer. Vietnam faces a growing burden of cancer with an expected 70% increase in diagnoses over the next two decades and without the number of oncology treatment facilities and workforce capacity, this demand for cancer treatment will not be met.
Icon Group will collaborate with two of Vietnam’s leading healthcare providers – The National Cancer Hospital in Hanoi (the K Hospital) and the Military 175 Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Icon Group’s skills and capabilities will develop large scale cancer care infrastructure, implement an international standard in medical excellence across hospital management, and leverage innovative technologies to deliver remote care where it is needed.
Experts from Icon Group’s Australian and Singaporean businesses will be critical in supporting Vietnamese health providers to meet demand while building local capacity for the future.
The signing was a centrepiece of the Vietnam-Australia Business Forum and an example of an emerging trend of healthcare trade across the region. It follows deals by Australian energy and transport industries within the rapidly growing economies of ASEAN countries.
Icon Group will begin to implement services in Vietnam as early as mid-2018.