CM: Medical tourism netted RM105.7mil in revenue


Chow (in short-sleeved shirt) with (from left) Pulau Tikus assemblyman Chris Lee Chun Kit and Therapedic founder James Tan at the launching of the Therapedic Brain and Spine Robotic Centre at Sunrise Tower in Gurney Drive, Penang. — Photo: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

BEFORE the movement control order (MCO) was enforced, Penang’s medical tourism recorded a total revenue of RM105.7mil from January to April this year.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state had continuously performed well in the field of medical tourism by being the destination of choice for affordable and quality healthcare.

“Penang over the past few years has been the medical tourism hub for the country and very often, while we produce for the world, we do not use it in our state.

“We have world renowned MNCs producing a whole range of products but most of them end up overseas and not used in Malaysia, or particularly Penang.

“Thus, I hope our medical devices will continue to grow as this is an important cycle for us in Penang to diversify our manufacturing ecosystem, ” he said when launching the Therapedic Brain and Spine Robotic Centre in Gurney Drive, Penang, on Sunday.

Chow said the centre would help increase the state’s liveability by enhancing the quality of life and improving the state’s welfare and care systems.

“Studies have shown that stroke is the second leading cause of death and a leading cause of various disabilities in Malaysia.

“Proper guidelines and care are imperative to ensure the best available therapy is instituted.

“Despite Covid-19 challenges, Therapedic managed to invest RM2mil into this centre.

“I look forward to more medical innovations that will continue to benefit the needy, the people and the state, ” he added.

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