State to hold inaugural medical expo

Sponsors of PMEX 2017 highlighting the event during the press conference at Setia SPICE Convention Centre in Penang.

PENANG will host the inaugural Penang Medical Expo and Malaysian Healthcare Policy Conference (PMEX 2017) at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre this Nov 10 to 12.

It is jointly organised by the state government and the Penang Convention and Exhibition Bureau (PCEB).

The event is aimed at establishing Penang as one of the main players in reviewing and discussing healthcare policies, and to provide a holistic approach towards healthcare and medical tourism.

State Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said the expo would serve as a platform for those from health-related sectors to communicate, exchange ideas, formulate solutions and create a healthcare network in Malaysia.

He said the conference would provide exposure on the importance of the local healthcare system.

“It’s expected to gather at least 200 participants from Malaysia and around the region to review, explore and reform a better healthcare system for Malaysians,” he said.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said while Penang is famed as a food haven, the state is also well known as a medical hub.

“Penang has recorded a growth of 14.8% in medical tourists from 302,000 in 2015 to 347,000 last year, with a 17.3% increase in revenue from RM390,694,625 in 2015 to RM458,262,629 last year.

“This indicates that medical and healthcare-based industries have become one of the prominent industries in Penang,” Lim said.

The expo is free and open to the public while the conference is a ticketed event.

Early bird registration for the conference is now open until Sept 30. For details on PMEX 2017, visit

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