Dr. San San Yi, Chairman, Okkar Thiri

As foreign investment in Myanmar’s private health care sector increases, facilities are being modernised and the quality is improving

18 September 2019

In this Global Platform video, Dr. San San Yi, chairman of Okkar Thiri, talks about the expansion of private hospitals in the country, which have increased from only one or two facilities during the 1980s, to 250 now. As more foreign investors are entering Myanmar, the quality of equipment and overall health care is continuing to improve, meaning that more people are being treated within the country. Looking ahead, the market is ripe for more private players, and public-private partnerships are set to be an area of high-growth potential. 


Myanmar is a very beautiful country. Myanmar has 52m inhabitants and Yangon is the commercial city. Nearly 10m people are living in Yangon. This commercial city has a seaport, airport, and for me most recognisable is Schwedagon Pagoda. In the 1980s they were one or two private hospitals and in 2000 it became 50 and in 2015 it became 193, which is four times. And now, in 2020, there are 250. Foreign investors are rushing into the field of medical sector because this is the sunrise sector in this market. That's why private hospitals are coming out with their foreign investment and public-private partnership is the area to explore very soon.

Dr. San San Yi, Chairman, Okkar Thiri

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