Plans to revive medical tourism a boon to healthcare providers

MALAYSIA: Healthcare professionals will soon benefit from the country's move to implement a post-pandemic recovery plan that will highlight Malaysia healthcare and hospitality industry.

Malaysia has long been recognized by several international award-giving bodies as a major destination for medical tourists, particularly those seeking treatments in the fields of in vitro fertilization, cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, neurology, dentistry and aesthetics.

Its healthcare travel sector has created over 15,000 jobs and attracted RM10 billion (USD2.4 billion) in investments since 2012. It raked in RM1.7 billion (USD407 million) in 2019 and generated an estimated RM7 billion (USD1.7 billion) in economic impact.

Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council chief executive officer Mohd Daud Mohd Arif said that as travel restrictions are lifted with the country approaching the endemic phase, the council foresees some adjustments being made across the sphere for healthcare workers. These changes should take effect in operating procedures and infrastructure that will assure the safety and reliability of the medical tourism sector as a whole.

“Similarly, tourism offerings must also adapt to the ever-changing consumer behaviour as a result of the pandemic. The safety of the people is our topmost priority and we trust that the authorities will apply the right mechanisms to ensure the correct protocol is put in place with the reopening of borders,” he said.

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