Friday, 13 January 2017

(NST) Shot in the arm: Perak plans major venture into medical tourism

IPOH: The state government is keen on venturing into the medical tourism industry as it would contribute to the concerted campaign to promote Perak as a major tourist destination. 

State Health Committee chairman Datuk Mah Hang Soon said, however, much needs to be done before the initiative can be launched, as health tourism is interlinked with many other services and industries. 

"There are two private hospitals in Perak which are actively promoting medical tourism, namely Pantai Hospital and KPJ Healthcare Berhad here. 

"We are only focusing on private hospitals, since government hospitals (receive many) patients every day," he said in a press conference after attending a monthly assembly at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital here today. 

Mah added that government hospitals in the state are not yet ready to take part in medical tourism, since there is a lack of buildings and infrastructure to accommodate patients. 

"Not only that – facilities must be readily available and their quality, organisation and coordination (among highly-trained staff) must be superb," he added.