Malaysia

What Procedures Are Available in Malaysia?

Discover what Malaysia medical tourism procedures have to offer

Malaysia made a national decision to establish a quality medical tourism program and then went about doing things the right way. In 2009, it established the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) under the Ministry of Health to position and promote the country as a unique destination for world-class healthcare services. The country continues to upgrade the healthcare offerings within its borders by screening and selecting the medical facilities that can properly cater to overseas patients, and raises the bar for these institutions on an annual basis. Malaysia also provides incentives to get providers to upgrade their facilities, equipment and other services.

The results are astounding. Over a period of just a few years Malaysia has become a serious player in the Asian region, pulling patients away from the long-established stronghold of Singapore with quality and competitive pricing, and courting patients from Indonesia, Japan, Australia, the USA and many other countries. In 2013, one of Kuala Lumpur’s major hospitals earned the Medical Travel Quality Alliance’s award for top medical tourism destination in the world. Here are some noteworthy points to keep in mind:

More than 670,000 patients visited Malaysia for healthcare procedures in 2012, and the number is reportedly growing sharply in 2013. They’re attracted by the wide variety of healthcare facilities and economical, high-quality procedures in pretty much everything from orthopedics, cardiology, and cosmetic surgery to in-vitro fertilization, dental procedures, traditional Chinese therapy and others. Another draw is the superbly trained doctors here, many of whom have been educated and licensed overseas.

The mixed cultures and religions in Malaysia have created a melting pot that is open and welcoming to most visitors. While Malay is the official language, the majority of the people you meet also speak English fluently. Chinese and Tamil are widely used as well. Many healthcare facilities have personnel on hand who speak Japanese, Indonesian, Arabic and other languages, creating a comfortable environment for a diverse group of overseas patients.

Cuisine both international and local is reasonably priced and readily available. About 60 percent of the country is Muslim, so preparation of halal food is not an issue. Hospitality is a strong point for Malaysia, with their cultural inclination to make you feel at home.

The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council concierge and lounge—located at Kuala Lumpur International Airport—is ready to greet patients and provide them a place to rest before they move on to their healthcare and wellness experience. The folks in this lounge are truly caring and accommodating, and provide a warm welcome to overseas guests.

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Malaysia News & Features

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Malaysia Medical Tourism Experience Review – HealthyIM Campaign Winner Interview

HealthyIM and MHTC (Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council) launched a campaign in late 2013 for a lucky couple to visit Malaysia for a medical tourism experience tour. Ms. K.E. (actual name not disclosed), a mother of two, was randomly selected from the campaign entry participants and visited Kuala Lumpur along with her husband and children. The family flew on Malaysia Airlines, stayed at the JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, and enjoyed some sightseeing along the way. Ms. K.E. also underwent a health screening at Sunway Medical Centre. HealthyIM caught up with Ms. K.E. to hear more about her experience and impressions of Malaysia and Malaysia healthcare.

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Malaysia: quality care assured by the government

The good thing about Malaysia is that all private medical facilities are required to be licensed under the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998 and are compliant to a regulatory body working closely with the Ministry of Health who monitors, regulates and coordinates these hospitals.

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Malaysia: quality care assured by the government

The good thing about Malaysia is that all private medical facilities are required to be licensed under the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998 and are compliant to a regulatory body working closely with the Ministry of Health who monitors, regulates and coordinates these hospitals.

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