Healthcare Forum 2015
HEALTHCARE FORUM 2015
Malaysian Healthcare: Trends, Opportunities & Challenges
12 March 2015 | Palace of the Golden Horses, Kuala Lumpur
Recognising the importance of a healthy population towards building a competitive, efficient and productive nation, the government is emphasising healthcare under the second strategic development trust of improving well-being in the 11th Malaysia Plan from 2016 to 2020. It builds upon the 10th Malaysia Plan from 2011 to 2015 which has been focusing on restructuring the national health system to improve its effectiveness, efficiency and fairness in order to ensure universal coverage of the population’s healthcare needs.
Healthcare expenditure is expected to grow at an annual rate of 6.5% and will reach MYR11.3 billion in value by 2018. Malaysia’s current healthcare expenditure as a percentage of GDP is approximately 3.3% according to the Director-General of Health. Therefore, the industry has tremendous growth potential waiting to be tapped upon. This is reflected in the theme of “Malaysian Healthcare: Trends, Opportunities & Challenges.”
The purpose of the Healthcare Forum 2015 is to serve as a stakeholders’ discussion platform towards that end, bringing together hospital operators, healthcare practitioners, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals manufacturers, consultants, insurers, equipment suppliers, researchers, industry leaders, and policy makers as well as other related professionals.
Key concerns for discussion includes the direction of healthcare in the next 5 years under the 11th Malaysia Plan; opportunities and challenges for private healthcare especially hospitals in complementing public healthcare to better serve growing demands; improving primary care to combat non-communicable diseases; unlocking latent potential in pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals; as well as tapping into the potential of retirement tourism and aged care; and the future of medical tourism.