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Roger Cook says the state government will take lessons from other jurisdictions to make medihotels work. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Savings the aim in medihotel push

The state government has rejected criticism of the cost and projected savings of its flagship medihotel healthcare policy, after work began on the construction of the first facility earlier this month.

Labor won government in the March state election promising to build three medihotel facilities, effectively specialist hotels for hospital outpatients, with the plan to reduce demand for existing hospital beds.

The first facility, a $40 million medihotel next to Fiona Stanley Hospital in Murdoch, is to be built and operated by private businesses Fini Group and Aegis Aged Care Group.

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