PENANG is eyeing not one but three new medical facilities in Batu Kawan, said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
The state government through its investment arm Penang Development Corporation is currently in negotiations with several parties to set up the hospitals in the new township.
“We aspire to turn some land in Batu Kawan into a medical hub.
“Hopefully this will boost medical tourism in Penang, ” he said in a press conference after the official roll-out of the Mobile Packaged Oxygen Solution-Conoxia at Penang Adventist Hospital (PAH) recently.
The new private hospital in the pipeline in Batu Kawan is Columbia Asia Hospital, which will be built on a 1.2ha site in Aspen Vision City.
The RM185mil hospital, which will feature 150 beds, will join furniture superbrand IKEA in the township.
Chow also said that Penang in the past few years saw a healthy growth in medical tourism, with an increased demand for new medical facilities.
He said that expansions at private medical facilities such as at PAH showed that the industry was growing and that the service provider recognised the need to stay competitive with the best facilities, equipment and professional health for Penang to remain top in medical tourism in the country.
Earlier in his speech, Chow said that Penang accounted for about 60% of total medical tourists in the country with 10.3% of international visitors coming here to seek medical treatment.
He said this was possible through smart collaborations between the private and public sectors, which shared knowledge, technology and innovation.
“This greatly helps advance the competitiveness of our healthcare industry, and in turn benefits patients, ” he said, adding that Indonesians continue to be the biggest number of visitors seeking medical treatment here.
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