Health tourism provides highest revenue & job opportunities

Published on : Thursday, August 3, 2017

Health tourismHealth tourism is one of the significant boosters in terms of the economy of a country. The industry witnessed a massive growth of 23% last year with revenue of RM1.12 billion, rising from RM914 million in 2015.


If we look at 2016, over 900,000 medical tourists came for treatment in the country in comparison to 859,000 in 2015. Majority of the visitors poured from countries like Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Indochina (Myanmar, Vietnam), Middle Eastern countries, Australia, China and Japan.


Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) chief executive officer, Sherene Azli explained that the positive development of the travel sector had simultaneously helped in making the standard of living of the common people better, particularly the younger generation, by offering more job possibilities.


She also highlighted that the job opportunities were available by making arrangements with major service sectors like transport, accommodation, tourist attractions and food services.


She said that the urgency for labour supporting the ecosystem of the industry also came to the forefront like the medical practitioners, healthcare providers, travel agencies, medical devices industry, tourist guides and hotel employees.


To quote Sherene, “Malaysia continues to be the preferred location for health travelers as it offers world-class healthcare, including professional healthcare supported by the latest medical technology. Malaysia has the ecosystem and infrastructure to provide comprehensive healthcare or end-to-end seamless service, where all the patients’ needs are taken care of, from the point of searching for information, to treatment, and even after the patients return home. In addition, the health professionals in Malaysia are qualified and have received training in reputable institutions in Malaysia and abroad, (we have) hospitals with international accreditation, and a healthcare system which is strictly regulated by the Health Ministry to ensure quality and safety.”


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