As healthcare industries continue to grow, countries require proper regulatory frameworks in order to compete for a size-able piece of the pie and Malaysia is no different. Secretary of the Asian Society for Quality in Healthcare (ASQUA) and member of the Patient Safety Council of Malaysia, Dato’Dr.Ravindran Jegasothy guides us through what regulates Malaysia’s healthcare system. Phoon Chi Ho reports.
Malaysia has built a complex but comprehensive healthcare regulatory system that keeps a tab on every tier of healthcare-related services in the country, from medical institutions to the primary end-user – the patient. As Malaysia’s stature in the global healthcare travel industry continues to grow, more eyes are on the country’s standards of practice and the framework that regulates its practices.
Of course, such a framework has been in place for a long time – way before healthcare travel became a thriving industry. Over the years, there’s been a natural progression to improve the local healthcare scene with the introduction of governmental bodies, non-governmental bodies and private establishments to steer it to the right path. The result is a healthcare framework that can never be more complete than it is today.
The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council, one of the newest governmental bodies, is the primary agency in charge of promoting and developing the local healthcare travel industry. All eyes will be on its Chief Executive Officer, Dato’Ooi Say Chuan, and his team to work with industry players to formulate strategic plans for promoting and coordinating healthcare travel services for healthcare providers and related stakeholders. MHTC is also tasked to bind the synergistic efforts of prominent players in the local healthcare travel industry, both in the government and in the private sector, to galvanize and to drive growth in the industry.
“The government is committed to healthcare travel. It should not only be looked upon as only a revenue earner but a means of improving medical standards in this country. Only when the standards are assured would a tourist come in for medical treatment,” Dato’Ravindran states.