Published on : Tuesday, February 14, 2017
As confirmed by Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC), Malaysian medical tourism will achieve RM 1.3 bil revenue target in 2017. Year on-year, the tourism industry of Malaysia was going through a steady 30 percent increase as said by the Chief executive officer Sherene Azli. To the CEO, ‘’ Malaysia has the ecosystem and infrastructure to provide quality end-to-end healthcare system and services that are globally competitive.’’
The said campaign was portion of MHTC’s efforts in supporting hospitality and healthcare services of Malaysia. Medical tourists contribute double to the economy in comparison to regular tourists. Sherene said, ‘’ On average, a foreign patient would spend about RM1,000 per visit, not including other expenditures while being in the country’’. In 2016, medical tourism contributed RM 1bil revenue to the financial year.
This year Malaysia would experience 1 million visitors contributing up to RM5bil to the total gross domestic product as expressed by MHTC. Over 860,000 medical travelers came for treatment in Malaysia in 2016. With more private hospitals across the country, the number of medical tourists was expected to grow in number last year.