With plans to integrate the public and private health sector and promote medical tourism in Malaysia, the Ministry of Health (MoH) addresses national and international issues.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has always been a vital component of the economy of Malaysia, and its importance has been further boosted under the able guidance of Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Haji Mohd. Ismail Bin Merican, the DG of MoH. Foremost among the milestones he has helped achieved is the amalgamation of the public and private healthcare systems currently in operation. This unification of the two systems will be a giant step towards providing all Malaysians—irrespective of their financial status—good medical facilities. This proposal, if approved by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, will ensure greater equity and accessibility of healthcare to its citizens. To increase accountability and improve its facilities, the MoH lays emphasis on compliance with medical regulations. While the Ministry has been taking up many issues, the Director General feels that there is a “need for accountability, sharing of information and agreement to costs of healthcare”. All this, he emphasises, can be achieved in partnership with the private sector.
Of late, medical tourism in Malaysia has established a firm foothold and become a major contributor in the national economy. This has largely been the result of the services offered by the private players in the Malaysian health sector. Therefore, while its overarching concern is to provide quality healthcare to its citizens, the MoH has, through the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council, been assisting the private health sector in promoting medical tourism in the country.