Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sarawak has huge health tourism potential

KUCHING: Sarawak’s huge potential in health tourism has yet to be tapped, says Assistant Minister of Tourism Datuk Talib Zulpilip.

He said Sarawak had the advantages to attract people due to the high standard of its medical practitioners and international star-rated hotels that offer the most reasonable rates.

“Our specialist doctors are well-trained in countries such as United Kingdom, United States, Australia and New Zealand. We also have high standards of medical equipment and facilities. Some of the latest equipment are almost at par with those in many developed countries,” Talib said when met yesterday.

He added that other associated costs such as accommodation for the patients’ family members were also very reasonable.

“Foreign patients seeking medical treatment need not wait long because of the short waiting list,” said Talib.

Comparing the medical costs in neighbouring countries such as India and Singapore, he said Sarawak was still favourable in terms of consultation, surgeries and medication.

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