by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Guam Regional Medical City has not submitted a formal application for a qualifying certificate but they have filed a letter of intention with the Guam Economic Development Authority. While the agency awaits the submission of a formal application, the Guam Medical Association has expressed concerns with the request, calling it unfair "special treatment".
GMA president Dr. Thomas Shieh contends the new hospital will compete with the Guam Memorial Hospital and local health clinics and offices. The GMA will be conducting a survey among its members to gather input to oppose the move by the new hospital.
The GRMC is hoping it will qualify for tax breaks because it will create jobs and purchase from local businesses.