The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC), is an agency under the Ministry of Health Malaysia, tasked to raise Malaysia’s profile as the world’s top-of-mind destination for world class healthcare services. Established in 2009, MHTC functions to facilitate the overall development of the Malaysian healthcare travel industry, by coordinating industry collaborations and building valuable public-private partnerships, at home and abroad.
At MHTC, the development of strategies and programmes are carried out by working together with various stakeholders, including the Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM), Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Tourism Malaysia and Malaysian Dental Association (MDA) to develop programmes to bring Malaysian medical tourism to the forefront. MHTC also coordinates promotional activities for Malaysian healthcare providers and related stakeholders. While the healthcare travel industry is primarily private sector-driven, the Malaysian Government assumes an active role to facilitate its growth. MHTC acts as a focal point or a 'one-stop centre' for all matters related to healthcare travel, from assisting health travellers with inquiries, to facilitating enquiries on policies and programmes on healthcare travel development and promotion, including solutions on matters related to healthcare travel.
MHTC Partnership Program
The MHTC Partnership Program recognises healthcare facilities that provide exemplary service to international patients, where members are screened by stringent criteria in both, healthcare and supporting services for participation in the Program. A certificate of registration with the MHTC is given by the Minister of Health Malaysia and is renewable every two years.
There are many benefits to being an MHTC Partner Hospital and Healthcare Facility:
- Marketing and exposure through MHTC's diverse international marketing programs.
- Recognised and promoted as a quality provider of healthcare travel services for international patients.
- Special incentives by the Malaysian Government for efforts promoting healthcare tourism.
- Validity for Income Tax Exemption equivalent to Investment Tax Allowance (ITA), up to 100% on qualifying expenditure on improving healthcare travel infrastructure, by the Ministry of Health Malaysia.