The Malaysian Private Hospital Association (APHM) called for the resumption of medical tourism as soon as possible, citing its economic benefits and the ability of private establishments to handle them with declining Covid-19 cases.
The APHM has called for people from neighboring countries like Indonesia to be allowed to seek treatment in Malaysia, especially citizens who have been fully immunized.
He argues that the country will see an increase in income from private hospitals once the process of accepting and treating medical tourists is cleared. He believes the treatment of medical tourists on hospital premises will be safe, especially now that the number of local patients with Covid-19 has declined.
The association also suggests that private hospitals in Malaysia be ready to help with the next phase of vaccination, involving adolescents and those in need of a third dose.
In October, private hospitals began to see a decrease in the number of admissions involving Covid-19 patients in both intensive care units and normal wards. Private hospitals are now starting to treat their regular non-Covid-19 patients in greater numbers and deal with health conditions that have been delayed due to the pandemic.