In another innovative move, the MHTC struck a deal with DoctorOnCall, one of Malaysia’s leading telehealth services platforms, to facilitate patient care online. Despite all these efforts, Mohd Daud believes it will still take time for the health travel industry to rebound to pre-pandemic levels. He’ll be looking, in particular, at several important factors playing a role, such as vaccination rollouts, the lifting of travel restrictions, and the return of tourist confidence in travelling again.
issue 56, Oct 2021
In this issue, we talked to the new CEO of the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC), Mohd Daud Mohd Arif, who tells us how the Southeast Asian nation is rebuilding its healthcare travel industry — a sector that was booming until the pandemic brought global tourism to a halt. To soften the blow of travel restrictions, last July the country formed a medical travel bubble with other countries to facilitate the flow of international patients to its private hospitals. Mohd Daud believes that travel bubbles can be expanded to allow more foreign patients to visit the country once the pandemic is under control.