KUALA LUMPUR, 15 August – KPJ Healthcare Berhad in Malaysia announced a 40 per cent growth in foreign patients receiving treatment at its specialised hospitals and clinics, The Malaysian Reserve reported.
According to the Healthcare conglomerate, the significant rise in numbers was recorded from neighbouring countries like Indonesia, Singapore, Indo-China and Bangladesh.
Indonesia is the largest contributor to health tourism in KPJ hospitals as places like Riau Islands, Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan, Aceh, Pekanbaru and Kalimantan accounted for the majority of patients in health tourism.
“The surge has allowed us to offer a seamless end-to-end healthcare experience in Malaysia and in line with our aim to re-energise the Indonesian market as our primary health tourism business for KPJ Healthcare,” KPJ Healthcare president and MD Datuk Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh said in a statement today.
KPJ’s President added that a continued upward trend is expected to be seen for the next few months, due to “the reopening of borders and easing of quarantine requirements since last year, which have tremendously helped our rebuilding efforts in the health tourism segment.”
The healthcare company said it will focus on and prioritise developing health tourism in the Indonesian market, after looking at the development and increasing numbers of flights and ferry services from Indonesia.
The statement mentioned that the majority of health travellers and foreign patients in KPJ seek treatment for cancer, cardiology, neurology, orthopaedic and fertility services. Other specialities included paediatric, general surgery and health screenings.
To cater for the rise in demand, KPJ Healthcare is collaborating with several international insurance providers and third-party administrators to enable patients from the ASEAN and Middle East and North Africa markets to enjoy cashless facilities at all KPJ Healthcare hospitals.
The company is currently leveraging its integrated network of 28 specialist hospitals and four ambulatory care centres across the nation with a wide range of specialised healthcare solutions and experienced medical professionals.
KPJ is expected to open its 29th hospital during the third quarter of this year.
Consisting of a 300-bed tertiary care facility and the latest technologies, the Hospital will hire 600 specialists from KPJ Healthcare Klang Valley hospitals, and boost the experience for both local and foreign patients.
Source: The Malaysian Reserve/Agencies