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Today, there are more than 200 million senior citizens in China. Fifty percent of them are “empty-nesters” living alone in rural areas, and more than 30 million are disabled. Meanwhile, the number of beds in nursing homes throughout the country was only 3.9 million in 2012. It is estimated that by 2050, the elderly population will total 400 million, accounting for one-third of the country’s total population. As a result, nursing homes are poised at the frontier of emerging investment opportunities in China.

Alberto Vettoretti of Dezan Shira & Associates comments, “I believe that in several years, the health care sector and its related industries (from hospitals to elderly care centers, and from ambulance services to post-injury rehabilitation treatments) will be one of the largest business sectors of the Chinese economy – possibly even larger in size than property. While property investment dictated the last 10 years of whopping development in the Chinese economy, perhaps in the next 10-15 years, health care will take up the helm, or certainly be one of the top 3 drivers of China’s economy.”

Despite a dire need of nursing homes, China’s lack of management techniques and elderly care professionals have made it difficult for domestic private nursing homes to provide high-quality services. “State-owned nursing homes funded by the government cannot meet the rising demand for care. We hope that this huge potential market will attract more foreign investment,” said Zhuang Yuequn, director of Guangzhou’s civil affairs authority.

The Guangzhou municipal government has announced that by the end of 2015, the number of beds in nursing homes in the province will achieve total 56,000 (40 beds for every 1,000 seniors). Of this total, 40,000 beds are expected to be provided by . . . . read more

 

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