GEORGE TOWN - Penang accounted for 60 per cent of 555,000 foreign medical tourists to Malaysia last year for healthcare services.
Northern Corridor Implementation Autho-rity (NCIA) chief executive officer Datuk Redza Rafiq Abdul Razak said seven private hospitals from the Penang Health Association (PHA) recorded a revenue of RM280bil in the past year.
"A total of 333,000 people sought medical treatment from hospitals such as Pantai Mutiara Hospital, Lam Wah Ee Hospital, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital, Loh Guan Lye Spe-cialist Hospital, Gleneagles Hospital, Penang Adventist Hospital and Island Hospital.
"Among those who came to Penang for medical tourism were from southern Thailand and Australia," he told a press conference in conjunction with the International Conference for Cancer Caregivers yesterday.
He added that NCIA was collaborating with the association to penetrate into other countries such as Cambodia, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
"We are stepping up efforts to promote medical tourism among foreign tourists through several measures including flight incentives which would be announced later," he said.
Penang Adventist Hospital marketing and business development manager Ng Gim Bee said the state expected an annual growth of 15 per cent on foreign medical tourists to Penang.
"Foreigners come to Penang mostly for open heart surgeries and procedures, and dental care," she said.