KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 — Putrajaya announced today a RM30 million injection into the Malaysian Healthcare Tourism Council to help boost the country’s budding healthcare tourism sector.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the government will promote the country as a hub for fertility treatment and cardiology, the medical branch that deals with the heart.
Najib made the announcement at the unveiling of Budget 2018 in the Dewan Rakyat here.
Incentives to boost medical tourists include visa application made easy online and other “high tech” treatment service packages.
Private hospitals will be incentivised to partake in the campaign through the Flagship Medical Tourism Hospital programme.
Putrajaya will also extend its 100 per cent investment tax allowance until December 31, 2020, and raise tax exemptions for private healthcare to 100 per cent between the taxation year of 2018 and 2020.