Speech By Y.A.B Lim Guan En g, Chief Minister of Penang at Opening of Pantai Hospital Penang's Cardiac Rehabilation Ward.
Good Morning and Salam Sejahtera,
It is my great pleasure to be here today to officiate the opening of Pantai Hospital Penang’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Ward. This is the latest addition to Pantai Hospital Penang’s existing Cardiac Care Services; and hence will be an added benefit to the growing population of south west region of Bayan Lepas.
I am delighted that the Hospital has responded to the state’s call to develop Penang as a preferred healthcare and travel destination, especially being the only private Hospital in Bayan Lepas area, with continuous improvement and enhancement to its services & facilities to serve the people better.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Ward is equipped with a comprehensive monitoring system for better patient monitoring and patient management. With the team of top cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiac nurses and technicians who are committed to uphold Pantai's Hospital slogan of ‘Prompt Treatment Saves Lives’, as well as the addition of the latest medical technology. I am sure Pantai Hospital Penang will provide international and world-class cardiac care services to the Penangites.
Ladies & Gentlemen,
Statistics from Ministry of Health Malaysia revealed that Malaysia's medical tourism revenue recorded RM690 million in 2013. In 2012, the revenue was 594 million; with an increase of about 16 percent from the year before. Penang contributes to two thirds of medical tourism revenue in the country. The state recorded RM295 million in 2013. In 2012, the revenue was RM265 million, an increase of about 11 percent from the year before.
In 2013, Malaysia received 770,134 number of patients from around the globe while in 2012, the nation received 671,727 number of patients. Meanwhile in Penang the number of healthcare travellers increased to 351,673 in 2013 from the 297,850 number of patients in 2012. The State Government aspires to be a medical city in the region, encouraging all the hospitals to develop itself to the highest standard of healthcare. We can only achieve that by constantly innovating our line of services, upgrading and improving our existing services to compete at the international level.
Healthcare services cost in Malaysia are relatively lower compared to the United States, Europe, Australia & Hong Kong. Pantai Hospital Penang has proven itself to be constantly innovating its services and upgrading itself to be among the best in providing healthcare. In 2014, Pantai Hospital Penang launched its Stroke Centre which is the only stroke centre in the northern region of Malaysia. This new Cardiac Rehabilitation Ward will complement the Stroke Centre services for a complete comprehensive specialist care.
Here, I would like to congratulate Pantai Hospital Penang for the launching of its Cardiac Rehabilitation Ward to serve the community better.