GEORGE TOWN: Penang accounted for 60% of 555,000 foreign medical tourists to Malaysia last year for healthcare services.
Northern Corridor Implementation Autho-rity (NCIA) chief executive officer Datuk Redza Rafiq Abdul
Razak said seven private hospitals from the Penang Health Association
(PHA) recorded a revenue of RM280bil in the past year.
“A total of 333,000 people sought medical treatment from hospitals such as
Pantai Mutiara Hospital, Lam Wah Ee Hospital, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital, Loh
Guan Lye Spe-cialist Hospital, Gleneagles Hospital, Penang Adventist Hospital
and Island Hospital.
“Among those who came to Penang for medical tourism were from southern
Thailand and Australia,” he told a press conference in conjunction with the
International Conference for Cancer Caregivers yesterday.
He added that NCIA was collaborating with the association to penetrate into
other countries such as Cambodia, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
“We are stepping up efforts to promote medical tourism among foreign tourists
through several measures including flight incentives which would be announced
later,” he said.
Penang Adventist Hospital marketing and business development manager Ng Gim Bee said the state expected an annual
growth of 15% on foreign medical tourists to Penang.
“Foreigners come to Penang mostly for open heart surgeries and procedures,
and dental care,” she said.
Source : The Star Online