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Showcasing its competitive edge in the Medical Tourism industry

Malaysia International Healthcare Travel Expo 2013

Medical tourism in Malaysia is gaining more visibility through the annual Malaysia International Healthcare Travel Expo (MIHTE) organised by the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC), held on 20 to 22 October at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This annual event provides a platform to bring together key stakeholders in the whole healthcare travel industry providing opportunities to network, meet and exchange experiences among the different sectors in the whole healthcare travel value chain. “Medical tourism has become a very dynamic and competitive industry in the world today, and Malaysia should showcase its competitive edge as we have good quality medical facilities, skilled doctors, affordable pricing and blessed with many touristic attractions,” said Dr Mary Wong, CEO of MHTC.

More than 100 media and 200 foreign stakeholders came from all over the world and witnessed for themselves the excellent medical facilities and attractive tourism spots during the familiarisation visits organised by MHTC. Medical tourism packages which have been created by the exhibitors themselves prior to this event were also made available to interested parties. The synergies and collaboration from the various sectors such as healthcare, airlines, travel agents, insurance, hotels, spas and retirement villages provided in this Expo have offered many opportunities for creating new business partnerships and strengthening existing ties to maintain a sustainable development of this industry.

The dignitaries given a brief on the capabilities of the Stroke Centre

The dignitaries given a brief on the capabilities of the Stroke Centre

Pantai Hospital Penang Launches New Stroke Centre 

Pantai Hospital Penang has set up a stroke centre to cater to the growing needs of stroke patients as well as to tap into Penang’s growing reputation as a regional healthcare hub. The Stoke Centre comprises 18 beds and one Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy facility for rehabilitation. With this new service, stroke patients will be given specialised care and attention.

According to Pantai Holdings Berhad Chairman Datuk Khairil Anuar Abdullah, there was a need for a specialised centre to treat and rehabilitate stroke patients. Based on the National Stroke Association’s statistics, the ailment is the third highest cause of death in the country after heart disease and cancer. “Treatment and care for stroke patients cannot be generalised. It must be timely and targeted. Thus, it is best to have a one-stop centre to meet the needs of the patients. This centre will be the first of its kind in the northern region,” he said.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng addressing the attendees of the official launching ceremony of the stroke centre.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng addressing the attendees of the official launching ceremony of the stroke centre.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng opened the centre and praised the hospital for taking the initiative to develop and operate such a centre. “Since 2008, Penang has witnessed an exponential growth in medical tourism. From 226,000 patients and a revenue of RM173.7 million in 2008, it grew to 327,000 patients as well as a revenue base of RM314.3 million in 2012,” Lim said. He added that with quality private hospitals and also medical devices industries in Penang, it was hoped that state would become a medical city which could bring in more revenue.

The Pantai Hospital Penang Stroke Centre will manage patients with ischaemic and

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng launches the stroke centre, accompanied by Datuk Khairil Anuar Abdullah (far right)

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng launches the stroke centre, accompanied by Datuk Khairil Anuar Abdullah (far right)

haemorrhagic stroke and will be headed by Neurologist, Dr Wong Yee Choon, and two Neurosurgeons – Dr K Ravindran Katheerayson and Dr Kan Choon Hong. They will be complemented by Resident Interventional Neuro Radiologist, Dr Saw Chong Beng and a team of capable and experienced medical staff. For more information on the Pantai Hospital Penang Stroke Centre, contact the Marketing Department at (60)04-6396506.


7 Reasons to Make Malaysia your Preferred Healthcare Destination

  1. Mandarin, Cantonese and English are widely spoken in Malaysia, thus patients coming from China and Hong Kong can comfortably converse in their own mother tongue when seeking medical consultation from healthcare professionals.
  2. Malaysia has many western highly trained specialists with recognised post-graduate qualifications mostly from the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States of America.
  3. Healthcare facilities in Malaysia offer a wide range of up-to-date state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and sophisticated medical treatment while fully embracing the usage of ICT in providing quality services. Many of these healthcare facilities have obtained accreditation from Joint Commission International (JCI) and the Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH), which is a member of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua). The Government of Malaysia has a well-regulated system to ensure that the medical, dental and pharmaceutical professions, healthcare facilities or establishments, provide quality services with emphasis on patient safety.
  4. With a favourable exchange rate, Malaysia has a clear advantage in terms of cost of care. Malaysia adopts a single pricing policy for private medical treatment whereby foreigners can enjoy the same rate as the local Malaysians.
  5. Healthcare facilities in Malaysia provide shorter waiting time where patients may be hospitalised upon arrival and examinations and work-up tests are usually addressed promptly.
  6. Malaysia offers a wide range of comprehensive health screening packages at the most reasonable price in the region. Preventive health is strongly emphasised as it offers patients early detection and treatment while lowering healthcare costs by tackling the problem at its infancy stage. Health screening packages can also be offered with other VIP holiday packages such as spa treatment, golfing, shopping and sightseeing in Malaysia.
  7. Malaysia offers affordable accommodation and a favourable tourism destination which are suitable for post-surgery recovery.


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