Malaysia is an exciting, beautiful country, with a rich history with extremely friendly, hospitable people. A gastronomical paradise due to its multiculturalism, Malaysia is also home to numerous colorful festivals, her people simply loves celebrating and socializing.
Because Malaysia was a long-time British colony until 1957, Western culture is ingrained throughout the country. English is universally and comfortably spoken. Tourist attractions abound, particularly in the squeaky-clean, ever-evolving capital of Kuala Lumpur and on the islands of Penang and Malacca, two favorite international beach resorts and health travel destinations.
Medical expertise in Malaysia rank among the best in the world and most private hospitals in the country have internationally recognised quality standards. These include the MS ISO9002 or accreditation by the Malaysian Medical Society for Quality of Health (MSQH). All private medical centres must be approved and licensed by the Ministry of Health.
Malaysia now has six JCI-accredited hospitals, with aggressive plans for private facility expansion over the next five years.
Malaysia and Medical Travel
While most Asia-bound health travelers think of heading to India or Thailand for treatment, Malaysia is now firmly on the medical travel charts. Patients are responding: in 2014 more than nearly 800,000 medical travelers sought treatment in Malaysia, with more than one million expected in 2016.
Why? Because the country’s leading facilities and expertise are on par with those in neighboring Thailand, with comparable costs on most procedures, particularly for the more elaborate cardiovascular and orthopedic treatments. A comparative skip from neighboring Singapore, Malaysia offers excellent facilities and care, with prices 30-50% percent lower.
More than 80% of Malaysia’s cross-border patients visit from Indonesia, where healthcare infrastructure there has yet to catch up with the rising middle class. Patients also visit from China (30% of Malaysia’s citizenry is of Chinese descent) and the Middle East (as a moderate Muslim country, Malaysia offers great cultural compatibility to the Islamic patient). Similarly, Australians increasingly fleeing rising healthcare costs seek comfort in Malaysia’s universal command of the English language.
Why Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?
Kuala Lumpur is a destination that combines world-class quality, service and expertise with low costs. Hospitals are private and certified to internationally recognised standards with the same or higher as you would expect at home.
We have chosen Kuala Lumpur because of the following reasons:
- Quality of surgery/medical care
- English is widely spoken so it is easy to get around.
- Safety – it is a relatively quiet country with no history of any major attacks or political problems
- A fun city with lots of great attractions and shopping
Even though there may be cheaper destinations in Asia, nothing competes with the quality and service we have found in Kuala Lumpur. Your destination for medical should never be chosen purely because it is the cheapest or because you can lie on a beach (which you probably won’t feel like doing after surgery anyway), instead, the standard of medical care should always be the priority.
Comprehensive, Inexpensive Health Screenings
While visiting for treatment, many international patients take advantage of the exceptional, thorough, inexpensive physicals offered by most Malaysian private hospitals. A dazzling array of tests and exams, including blood work, bone density scan, chest x-ray, and treadmill can be had for around $500. Malaysian hospitals were the creators of “well-man” and “well-woman” packages: comprehensive, low-cost physicals, screenings and other tests promoting preventive care. Packages include pre-employment, executive screening, maternity, and more. Health travelers can also choose from a wide array of diagnostic packages, including heart, stroke, cancer, and bone scan.
Malaysia at a Glance
Southeast Asia’s Healthcare Value Leader
Leading Cities for Medical Travel:
Kuala Lumpur, Subang Jaya, Penang
GMT +7, GMT +8,
Country Dialing Code:
240V, plug type D
Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
Normally no need. However, recently some health professionals recommend Hepatitis A, Typhoid booster.
Malay, English, Chinese widely spoken; some Bahasa Indonsia