Expanding Healthcare Infrastructure Boosting Medical Tourism Industry In Malaysia

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The medical tourism industry in Malaysia has been growing tremendously over the past few years and has become a major attractive medical destination for several developing countries. One of the biggest drivers of the Malaysian medical tourism industry is the regions improving health infrastructure. The country has shown remarkable improvement in meeting the demand for quality-assured medical care via trained medical specialists and first-class facilities. The country has a well-laid medical infrastructure to support the medical tourism industry. As per the statistics revealed by the Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia in 2005, there were 222 private hospitals that reached 246 at the end of 2008. The nation has a complete network of hospitals and clinics, with 88.5 % of the population residing within 3 Miles of a public health clinic or a private medical practitioner.

The country has accredited hospitals so as to meet the international standards. The accreditation includes those conferred by the Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH) and those accredited by Joint Commission International. Currently, Malaysia has eight hospitals accredited by the JCI like Gleneagles Hospital, Pantai Hospital and many more in addition to 41 private hospitals registered under the MHTC. In total, there are 71 hospitals accredited by MSQH.

The Malaysian medical tourism has continued to witness swift growth during the last few years, owing to rising healthcare infrastructure. Further, according to the latest report by RNCOS, Malaysia Medical Tourism Outlook 2012, Malaysia has developed its infrastructure for various alternative treatment therapies like ayurveda, siddha, unani, traditional Chinese medicine, and traditional systems of medicine also, which are highly popular among medical tourists. These practices not only remove any possible additional affects of the illness but also increase the resilience of the body with no side effect.

The report provides an in-depth research and rational analysis of the current status and expected position of the tourism industry in Malaysia. It facilitates the future forecasts on Malaysia medical tourism industry during 2011-2014. Additionally, analysis of the healthcare infrastructure along with government initiatives has also been included in the report to provide a balanced outlook on the potentials of the Malaysian Medical tourism industry.

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