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Gleneagles partners Firefly, Holiday Tours

By Kamarul Yunus

GLENEAGLES Hospital Kuala Lumpur, a private healthcare service provider, has roped in community airline Firefly and travel agent Holiday Tours and Travel Sdn Bhd to tap the anticipated influx of Singaporeans seeking medical treatment in Malaysia. This follows the recent announcement of a new ruling by the Singaporean government that its provident fund contribution can be used for medical treatment abroad.

Gleneagles chief executive officer Amir Firdaus Abdullah said the introduction of the new package offered by Gleneagles and its partners, Firefly and Holiday Tours will help increase the number of patients from Singapore to its hospital in Jalan Ampang.

"Currently, we receive between 20 and 30 patients from Singapore a month," he told a media conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

He said Gleneagles expects between 10 per cent and 15 per cent of its total number of patients for this year to comprise expatriates, especially Singaporeans.

"Currently, they (foreigners) contribute about 15 per cent to Gleneagles' annual revenue," he said.

Gleneagles yesterday signed a partnership agreement with Firefly and Holiday Tours to provide cost savings and coordinated medical travel for Singaporeans seeking treatment at the hospital.

On February 12, the Singapore Health Ministry had said that from March 1, its residents can use their Medisave, which is equivalent to Malaysia's Account 2 in the Employees Provident Fund, to help pay for their hospitalisation abroad.

Gleneagles is among the 12 private healthcare providers in Malaysia that have been approved by Singapore's Ministry of Health to provide treatment to its citizens and permanent residents.

To further enhance its treatment services, Amir said Gleneagles will also be signing a memorandum of understanding with Macquarie University, Australia to enable renowned surgeon, Dr Michael Morgan to work exclusively with it to provide high-end neorosurgical procedures.

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