The municipal council of Mosfellsbær agreed this morning to grant the mayor permission to sign a contract with MCPB Ltd. which plans to construct a 30,000m 2 (323,000 ft 2) privately run hospital and hotel in the town, which is just east of Reykjavík. This would be the first privately run hospital in Iceland.
The Dutch company Burbanks Holding B.V. is the majority owner of MCPB, which plans to construct the hospital in cooperation with the Spanish cardiologist Pedro Brugada.
“The emphasis will solely be on treating foreign patients, east and west of the Atlantic Ocean. Thus, the operation is not intended to affect the Icelandic health system in any way,” noted Henri Middeldorp, managing director of Burbanks Holding B.V.
Mayor Haraldur Sverrisson believes the decision is important for Mosfellsbær if the construction plans are realized. He stated, “The scope of the project is such that it will have a major impact on the economy and daily life in Mosfellsbær.”
Dr. Brugada plans to begin operations in Iceland this fall at a clinic in Ármúli, Reykjavík, but once the new facility has been constructed, it is believed he will move his operation there, RÚV reports. He is known for his discovery of a heart condition called the Brugada syndrome.
In an interview with mbl.is earlier this year, Dr. Brugada noted that even though he would at first emphasize taking care of foreign patients, he plans to emphasize cooperation with Icelandic cardiologists.