Medical Tourism continues to flourish in Malaysia

Malaysia’s health tourism sector continues to grow, as the country welcomed more than 850,000 medical tourists last year and generated a revenue of more than RM900 million, said the Health Ministry. Its minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said this year, the government is targetting a revenue of RM 1.3 billion in this sector. “Medical tourism had been on the rise over the years, generating more than RM900 million last year as compared to RM777 million in 2014. “This was the revenue generated from hospitals alone. We have yet to include additional expenses by medical tourists, such as hotel and michellenous expenses,” he said in a press conference here today after officiating the Healthcare Forum 2016 themed Globalising Malaysian Healthcare: Challenges & Opportunities. Dr Subramaniam said there was an influx of patients seeking treatment at Malaysia’s public and private medical centres from Bangladesh, China, Indonesia and from countries in the Middle East and Africa, which greatly contributes to the economy. “Thailand and Singapore have very strong health tourism. We don’t want to lose out. Malaysia is slowly becoming a centre for health tourism. “Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council is playing a proactive role in promoting Malaysia as a tourism,” he added.

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