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Bringing Hope to Aspiring Parents with Enhanced Preventative Care

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 74% of all global deaths are caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Screening, detection and treatment are three key components needed to address this1. In attempts to curb NCDs and alleviate the strain on the global healthcare infrastructure, preventative care is gaining the limelight.

In embracing this paradigm, Malaysia is experiencing a burgeoning emphasis on proactive healthcare alongside curative care. This is subsequently reshaping the nation's healthcare narrative. Placing more importance on holistic wellness and disease prevention is anticipated to reduce the burden on the nation’s existing healthcare systems as well as facilitating improved health outcomes. Individuals are empowered to take charge of their wellbeing as a healthier, more resilient and more productive society is being nurtured.

At the forefront of this transformative journey is Island Hospital. In 2023 alone, the hospital welcomed more than 20,000 patients who underwent specialist-led health screenings with same-day results2.

Health travellers from China constitute a significant segment of foreign patients who choose Malaysia as their healthcare destination, contributing a total revenue of RM91.1 million from January to November 20233. Island Hospital welcomed more than 1,800 Chinese health travellers during this time.

According to Lim Kooi Ling, the Chief of Staff of Island Hospital, “The same-day results raise the bar in the preventative health ecosystem, offering a unique value proposition for our patients. The swift turnaround time helps to alleviate anxiety, especially among health travellers who might be on a time constraint. Furthermore, health travellers from China who are yearning to expand their families can also easily schedule a fertility screening alongside their health screening procedures here.”

The removal of the one-child policy in China in 2021 has paved the way for an increasing number of aspiring parents from China to look into health screenings that incorporate fertility screenings. This helps them to begin their journey on a healthier note. With Island Hospital’s comprehensive screening ecosystem, they will subsequently be able to make informed decisions on their next step towards parenthood. Additional pull factors such as geographical proximity, relatively affordable rates, virtually no waiting time required and easy availability of Mandarin-speaking healthcare personnel serve to widen the appeal and accessibility of the hospital among the Chinese health travellers.

Island Hospital is no stranger to pioneering the healthcare landscape, and is currently developing Island Medical City, a first-of-its-kind fully integrated medical hub that is conceived to ease patient experiences from end to end.

“As the preferred healthcare destination for an increasing number of health travellers, we envision that the establishment of this state-of-the-art healthcare hub will improve healthcare access while meeting the growing demands of both local and international patients,” added Lim.

With the healthcare travel industry in Malaysia in 2023 forecasted to record new heights with over 1 million healthcare travellers4 and Island Hospital’s foreign patient volume historically increasing by 10% each year5, this forward-looking initiative offers more possibilities for health travellers.

When completed, Island Medical City will feature a total of 1,000 beds, enhanced surgical capacities and facilities, and expanded centres of excellence, including in preventative health and fertility.

Supported by the upcoming Island Medical City, Island Hospital is confident of taking on the mantle as a premier healthcare provider for both local and international patients. As one of four finalists of Malaysia’s Flagship Medical Tourism Hospital programme, the hospital is also recognised as a key contributor to the country’s healthcare ecosystem and medical tourism industry, undergoing rigorous audit and assessment processes by international bodies such as Joint Commission International (JCI) and IQVIA, with its development being benchmarked against global standards of best practices.

"Through strategic investments in facilities, capabilities and technologies, we are committed to expanding and simplifying access to preventative healthcare services to meet the increasing demands of the global population.

“We therefore look forward to establishing strategic partnerships with like-minded businesses in China to further develop these areas. Together, we hope to help Chinese couples get a step closer to their dreams of expanding their families,” concluded Lim.

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Josephine Wong
Senior Marketing Manager,
Island Hospital

Angelina Cheong
WIN Creative Marketing Public Relations Agency
+60 12-492 8368

Based in Penang, Malaysia, and founded in 1996, Island Hospital is a leading quaternary healthcare provider with over 80 full-time specialists across medical and surgical specialities and subspecialities. With a wide range of treatment services supported by cutting-edge medical equipment and technology, it features three core centres of excellence in Oncology, Cardiology and Neurology, and is a top-of-mind healthcare travel destination with international patient volumes increasing by 10% per annum historically. Through the years, the hospital has garnered a plethora of local and international awards and accreditations that reflect its commitment to excellence. Recently, in addition to attaining full hospital-wide accreditation from the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS), it also recognized the hospital’s Cancer Care services as a Centre of Excellence, proof of the hospital’s continuing passion for person-centred care. Island Hospital was also recognized as one of the Best Specialised Hospitals Asia Pacific 2023 in Orthopaedics and Cardiology by Newsweek; as well as Value Based Hospital of the Year in Asia Pacific, Smart Hospital of the Year in Asia Pacific, Health Screening Service Provider of the Year in Asia Pacific and Diagnostic Imaging Centre of the Year in Asia Pacific at the Global Health Asia-Pacific Awards 2023.

Island Hospital is currently on a journey to develop Island Medical City (IMC), an integrated medical hub covering nearly 2 million square feet. IMC will not only up the total bed count to 1,000, but also incorporate 380 medical suites and a 440-room medical tourism-focused hotel as well as featuring expanded centres of excellence in Orthopaedics, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Cardiology, Oncology, Neurosciences Ambulatory Care, Health Screening, Aesthetics, Digestive Health, Preventative Medicine and Fertility. This strategic expansion is a vital component in complementing the hospital’s role as a significant contributor to Malaysia’s healthcare travel industry.

Island Hospital is among four finalists and the sole representative from the Northern region that is participating in the country’s premier Flagship Medical Tourism Hospital programme. Spearheaded by Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) and fully endorsed by the Malaysian Government and Ministry of Health, the programme is a collaboration with international bodies IQVIA and Joint Commission International (JCI). As a vital component of the five-year Malaysia Healthcare Travel Industry Blueprint to provide the Best Malaysia Healthcare Travel Experience by 2025, the programme aspires to position Malaysia as a globally renowned icon for healthcare travel, focusing on the delivery of seamless patient experiences anchored on medical excellence, service excellence best practices and international branding.

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