Malaysia is one of the top medical tourism destinations globally. It attracts over one million medical tourists annually, and the industry is estimated to be worth $400 million. Medical tourism in Malaysia has almost tripled in value since 2011. The government and private sector have been strategic in making this possible, and the results are evident as Malaysia has tripled the industry’s value in just a decade. Below are two significant contributions to the exponential growth of medical tourism in Malaysia.
The Formation Of The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC)
This council was tasked with the promotion of Malaysia as a preferred medical tourism destination. The organization is also actively seeking to set-up strong market ties with countries that are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and countries in the Middle East like Cambodia, Qatar, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia.
Excellence in Medical Specialties
To compete with other world-class facilities, Malaysia has shaped a niche for itself in the fertility and cardiology specialties.
The country has several fertility centers that boast enviable success stories.
In cardiology, Malaysia has also built a name for itself through the globally acclaimed National Heart Institute (Institut Jantung Negara). The center remains a market leader in the management of cardiovascular diseases. It also has collaborations with other world-class cardiology facilities including the Royal Papworth Hospital, the best heart and lung treatment center in the UK.
The National Heart Institute also boasts of using cutting-edge medical technology like endoscopic vein harvesting, multi-slice computed tomography, and heart-assist devices. To enhance operational efficiency, the National Heart Institute has created the International Patient Center (IPC), which caters for all patient needs from the time of arrival to departure. These services entail pre-departure and post-treatment coordination, visa and immigration services, transfer of health data, and processing of insurance claims.