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Saturday, August 5, 2017
Medical tourism: Boost for Forest City
Healthcare Travel Council chief executive officer Sherene Azli.
PIC BY HAIRUL
ANUAR ABD RAHIM
In an effort
to market and promote the medical tourism industry in the country, the Malaysia
Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) would be signing a Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) with Country Garden Pacificview Sdn Bhd (CGPV), the developer of Forest
MoU, MHTC would help promote Forest City, its surrounding areas and MHTC’s
member hospitals, specifically those within Johor and Melaka, to neighbouring
would also share database and resources, where possible, that would create a
win-win situation for both parties.
parties would also welcome and support familiarisation visits by international
delegates to MHTC’s member hospitals and to Forest City.
pleased to partner with CGPV in our continuous quest to create global awareness
on our country’s medical and travel offerings.
has the right ecosystem and infrastructure in place for an end-to-end
healthcare service deliverable," said MHTC chief executive officer Sherene
Malaysia was recently named by the International Medical Travel
Journal 2017 as the Health and Medical Tourism: Destination of the Year
for the third year in a row, accentuating the nation’s strength in the
the council, in 2016, the medical tourism industry grew by 25 per cent, raking
in an estimated RM1.12 billion in hospital revenues.
2017, the industry aims to achieve a RM1.3 billion revenue target, which could
potentially contribute RM5 billion to the nation’s GDP from other medical
includes dental, cosmetic and wellness treatments as well as logistics and
confident that this figure is achievable."
Malaysia had an advantage over other countries in the medical tourism industry
as it had been recognised by International Living United States as the country
with the best healthcare in the world.
that quality, it gives assurance to foreign patients to come into Malaysia for
treatment," she said.
also gives quality treatment at a reasonable cost, compared with neighbouring
countries such as Singapore.
depreciation of ringgit favours healthcare travellers to Malaysia, as prices
are lower compared with other competitors in the region."
advantages that Malaysia has over other countries include easy access to
doctors or specialists, good communication, cultural ease and Malaysia being a
global halal hub.
Among the treatments that are favoured by medical tourists in
Malaysia, includes general health screening, orthopaedics, cardiology,
oncology, In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), neurology and dental treatment.