First things first: US firm Steward Health Care, which in 2018 took over the concession for the operation of three hospitals from Vitals Global Healthcare, says it is fully focused on overhauling Malta’s hospital infrastructure before seeking to attract medical tourists to the island, says Armin Ernst, President of Steward Health Care International.
Demand for health services is expected to increase in the coming years and a strong research focus is important to find new and innovative ways to address the challenges of the future, says Paediatrician Victor Grech. He says Malta offers a unique environment for medical research, as well as for medical devices and drug trials that could lead to breakthroughs in the science and healthcare sectors.
In an interview with MaltaProfile, Minister for Health Chris Fearne submits that the sector's future as a social service, but also as a newfound economic niche, bodes well. Outlining how longstanding issues are being addressed he paints a picture of a health sector future etched in e-health, technology and innovation.
Franco-Maltese trade relations are set to reach new heights as the French Embassy has just announced that Paris has agreed to set up a temporary Trade office in Valletta. Maltaprofile.info sat down with French ambassador to Malta, Béatrice le Fraper du Hellen, who wants to contribute to a new, more modern, Franco-Maltese relationships.
MaltaProfile spoke to Dr Josie Muscat about the country’s potential as a medical hub as well as the Group’s plans for the future after the sale of their Sliema hospital fell through. He thinks Malta can learn a lot from Turkey’s health tourism industry.