Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM) member hospitals have a decreased number of admitted Covid-19 patients both in ICU and normal wards since the last two weeks particularly at the Greater Klang Valley. Private hospitals have lesser decanted patients from the public hospitals too.
A total of 3500 plus decanted non-Covid-19 patients were treated at private hospitals in the Greater Klang Valley and the ongoing decanting in Penang is about 203 and outsourced elective surgery and procedures in the island is about 713 since the pandemic.
This has been one of the largest transfer of patients to the private hospitals which had significantly assisted public hospitals in managing Covid-19 during the peak about two months ago.
Similar successful effort has been done in the state of Johor and Sarawak. In Sibu, Sarawak there has been outsourcing of non-Covid-19 patients to two private hospitals and one private hospital in Kuching is now accepting Covid-19 self-paying patients. The other private hospitals in Kuching are only accepting non-Covid-19.
Private hospitals are now beginning to treat their regular non-Covid-19 patients in larger numbers and managing health conditions that have been delayed because of the pandemic. Similarly, some of the public hospitals in the Greater Klang Valley are now converted back to serving all non-Covid-19 patients and the decanting process to private is slowly ceased.
The association hopes that the private hospitals will soon be able to assist in teenage and booster vaccines for the eligible group of citizens inclusive of healthcare frontliners as the economy opens up during the endemic phase.
Medical tourists from neighbouring countries should be allowed at the soonest particularly for those who have been vaccinated. The country will have an increase in revenue from the private hospitals once the process of accepting and treating medical tourist is allowed.
We strongly feel treating medical tourists within the hospital premises will be safe particularly now as the number of local patients with Covid-19 have dropped in numbers.
DATUK DR KULJIT SINGH , President Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia