Malacca, the world heritage site in Malaysia now attracts people for not only to enjoy its beauty and charm but also to receive quality treatment from the Mahkota Medical Centre (MMC). The MMC one of the most reputed hospitals in Malaysia is witnessing more patients day by day due to its high quality at reasonable price and location in such a beautiful place as well. Like MMC, big hospitals with highly skilled professionals and advanced technology are growing in Malaysian heritage sites where people can enjoy both world standard health services and tourism as well.
“Our principal objective is to provide accessible, advanced and affordable health care for our patients. We are a comprehensive one stop centre for healthcare services and provide a full range of diagnostic, radiology and clinical laboratory services. 25 percent of our patients are foreigners,” said Francis Lim, chief executive officer of MMC.
Mahkota Medical Centre (MMC) is actively involved in Medical Tourism, which is strongly supported by the Malaysian government. Medical Tourism has always been a major part of MMC. Its number of foreign patients has grown from less than 500 in 1996 to almost 50,000 in 2006, say the hospital authorities.
“The treatment cost in the medical centre is minimum comparing to that of the quality hospitals in other parts of the region. Besides, as it is a tourist spot, there are many hotels including budget hotels and five star hotels. There are lots of restaurants to provide halal foods. In addition, the beauty of the ancient city will attract the patients. Both the locals and foreigners get the same quality treatment from here,” said Timothy Chang, chief operating officer of MMC.
The hospital is currently functioning with 52 full time medical specialists of various disciplines. MMC represents a comprehensive one stop centre for specialist healthcare services and provides a full range of diagnostic, radiology and clinical laboratory services. The hospital has achieved recognition by winning the ASEAN Healthcare Excellence Award (Health Tourism) 2008. In 2008, MMC also received the Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH) accreditation.
With good credentials and strong track record, MMC continues to attract patients from neighbouring countries such as Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei for medical care, treatment and health screening, informed hospital authority.
MMC plans to set up an information centre in Bangladesh soon from where the patients would come to know detail about the service providing by the MMC.
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Source: The Daily Star, April 10, 2010