Malaysia targets RM1.3 bil for medical tourism in 2016

The Malaysian Health Ministry is targeting RM1.3bil in medical tourism in 2016
Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said his ministry spends RM20mil a year to promote and develop medical tourism, and “since the beneficiary is the private sector, we want their participation” in pushing the agenda. “Eventually, we want the sector to take full ownership,” he said in his keynote address at the ASLI Healthcare Forum 2016 yesterday.
Last year, medical tourists spent RM900 mil on treatments at private hospitals, which did not include their holiday spending.
There were 850,000 such tourists last year and more than half were from Indonesia. The others were from India, China, Japan, Britain, Africa and the Middle East.                                                                                 /theSTAR 30-03-2016
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