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“The reopening of the border will help revive the medical tourism industry”

Published on: Thursday February 10, 2022

By: Bernama

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Kuala Lumpur: The full reopening of the country’s border will allow medical tourists to return to Malaysia for their medical care which has been interrupted since early 2020, President of the Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM), Datuk, Dr Kuljit Singh has said. . Recommendation of the Council (MPN) for the full opening of the country’s borders from March 1 without the need for mandatory quarantine, he said this would also help revive the medical tourism industry which has generated RM1.7 billion in the country in 2019. He said the association has 151 member hospitals across the country, the majority of which deal with medical tourists, especially from neighboring countries.


“However, private hospitals will strictly adhere to all standard operating procedures (SOPs) established by the Ministry of Health on screening medical tourists before accepting medical tourists for treatment. “We will accept fully immunized medical tourists with a booster dose (preferably) so that there is less risk of them becoming very ill if infected with Covid-19 during treatment and to further protect our local health care providers,” a- he said in a statement. On Tuesday, MPN Chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin suggested the government to fully reopen the country’s international borders as early as March 1 without the mandatory quarantine requirement. Meanwhile, Dr Kuljit also noted that private hospitals in this country are ready to accept decanted patients from public hospitals in the event of an unlikely surge of Omicron patients in g facilities. government.


He said during the Delta Covid-19 peak last year, 113 private hospitals received outsourced patients from 49 Ministry of Health hospitals. “We are confident to continue our support to the government to ease the burden as mentioned by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin in his speech on February 7. Private hospitals have been included in the national COVID rapid response task force -19 (RRTF) to facilitate this process,” he said. Dr. Kuljit said APHM also urged the public to get their booster doses at the earliest. “It’s evident in the world worldwide, full vaccination with boosters reduced the severity of the pandemic and encouraged economic recovery with the opening of international borders,” he added.
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