Guide Launches for Medical Tourists

Medical Tourism Guide launched at global medical tourism event

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Mar 06, 2014

DUBAI: The UAE is in the top three countries from the GCC that are choosing Malaysia as their destination for medical tourism. The number of visitors from around the world is increasing every year who are seeking healthcare facilities from the wide range of offers in the country. Last year, 768,501 people availed of Malaysia’s healthcare facilities that included 7,276 from Saudi Arabia and 1,320 from the UAE.
This was stated by Dr Mary Wong Lai Lin, the CEO of Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) in a press conference to launch the Medical Tourism Guide 2014 on the sidelines of the 2-day International Medical Travel Conference and Exhibition (IMTCE) which started at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday. Image
“Malaysia has chosen the emirate of Dubai as a platform to promote medical tourism to the Middle East. We have conviction in the importance of focusing on Dubai as our platform for promoting and marketing over the next five years, especially after Dubai has won the mandate to host Expo 2020,” she said.
Dr Mary confirmed that Malaysia received 700,000 tourists last year against 671,000 tourists in the previous year.
The major reason for the increasing number of people seeking medical treatment is the price range and the wide array of traditional and modern medical facilities as well as a huge network of hospitals with highly qualified professionals.
“Malaysia has become known internationally as one of the best tourist destinations for tourists. For Muslims, our country is the preferred destination as they are assured of halal food in all hospitals and hotels in Malaysia,” she added.
On the launch of the Medical Tourism Guide, the publisher, Dr Abdul Rahim Abdul Wahid , CEO of Mediahub International, said: “The industry has registered record numbers during the past few years. Currently, countries are racing frantically to get as many medical tourists as possible. The private sector players are also in the fray to woo tourists with irresistible offers and promotions. In the milieu, medical care seekers are left confused and clueless. I hope the Medical Tourism Guide 2014 will be a useful compass for those ‘undecided’ tourists.”
Dr Mary Wong Lai Lin told the participants that Malaysia is now one of the much sought after destinations for medical tourism in the world as they provide high quality medical care of world standard at very competitive pricing.
Karolina Dresler, an official from the Polish Medical Tourism Promotion while talking to The Gulf Today said that a number of medical institute from the Poland are present to offer their wide range of specialties in healthcare sector.
“Poland has been witnessing 39 per cent annual increase in medical tourism. That’s why the Ministry of Economy has identified medical tourism as one of the fifteen high export potential sectors in Poland, and has started with the EU funded programme promoting Polish medical tourism,” she added.
Millet P Escasinas, official of Business Development Department of Philippines The Medical City, told The Gulf Today that soon they are going to open their consultation office in Dubai. “The response from the local community for the healthcare facilities offering by Philippines’ top healthcare institutes has ben getting great response and the launch of our local office will be a great step to offer various facilities to people in the UAE,” she said.
RAK Hospital had also set up a huge stall to highlight their services being offered to the visitors seeking medical treatment. Talking to The Gulf Today, Sameer Reeshi, Executive Marketing, said that the 80-bed hospital in Ras Al Khaimah has been providing high quality medical treatment to the patients seeking premium treatment as the facility has been accredited by leading Swiss hospitals.

~ by jamilkhan on March 6, 2014.

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