Low volume of foreign patients to Brunei per year


The article highlights the Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC), which is set to be the first healthcare institution in Borneo to perform liver transplants.

During a recent Legislative Council meeting, the health minister YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Isham Hj Jaafar said the establishment of private healthcare institutions in Brunei has increased the number of hospital beds and healthcare expertise in the country.

Alongside JPMC, the Gleneagles Jerudong Park Medical Centre and Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre — which houses the Brunei Cancer Centre and Brunei Neuroscience Stroke Centre — are also highlighted in the article as being among the private healthcare centres offering advanced medical services in Brunei.

"If we look at the past ten years, the country has never pushed for medical tourism because we could not even meet domestic needs," the health minister said. He added that despite being a late player, the sultanate could still leverage on the niche services offered by these institutions.

YB Dato Dr Hj Mohd Isham said although Brunei lags behind in promoting medical tourism, there are more than 10 foreign patients each year seeking treatment in the sultanate for illnesses such as cardiovascular disease.

"One of the factors that we have to consider is the cost [of the procedure] and our neighboring countries who are way ahead in promoting their own medical tourism," he said

For a more detailed analysis of the medical travel sector in Brunei, visit the IMTJ Country Profile.



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