Joseph Kaos Jr ,
The Star Online |
Malaysia's high quality doctors, reputable health institutes and affordable rates compared with the United States is attracting international medical tourists to seek treatment here.
Malaysia received 583,000 patients from abroad last year, a tenfold increase over the last decade, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. He said the number was expected to grow as Malaysia strives to cement itself as a choice destination for those seeking treatment abroad.
“In 2000, we recorded about 56,000 foreign patients seeking treatment here. Last year, 583,000 sought treatment here, that's a tenfold increase in the last decade,” said Liow when opening the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Expo 2012 at Sunway Convention Centre yesterday.
He said Malaysia's healthcare services was in high demand among patients from Indonesia, India, Japan, Britain and the United States.