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Malaysia: quality care assured by the government

Historically, healthcare in Malaysia has undergone radical transformations. Since the country's independence in August 1957, the system of medical care has been transforming gradually to meet the medical needs of today.

The number of private hospitals in Malaysia has increased tremendously in the last decade, providing world class standard healthcare services with compatible medical cost, thus attracting more medical tourists to the country over the years. 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.

Today, with the support of the Malaysian government, a large number of our private hospitals are actively participating in health tourism offering medical services in a wide range of fields. The services provided by our medical facilities in Malaysia are on par with those in fully developed nations and what’s more, the cost is considerably less than the developed countries. Our doctors and specialists are highly qualified, having received their training at industry leading overseas medical schools in countries such as Australia, United Kingdom, United States and many other local universities.

Many of the private medical providers have international accreditation, including the internationally recognised Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation, as well as the Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH) accreditation. Both the JCI and MSQH accreditations are recognized members of the International Accreditation Federation Council (IAFC), a body under the umbrella of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua). Thus, patients are assured of optimum efficiency and quality.

The public and private partnership drives the nation to be among the top medical tourism destination today. As an initiative under the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH), the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) was established in 2009. The council is actively engaging itself to the global medical tourism industry, bringing together the nation's dual heritage of hospitality and medical innovation, highlighting Malaysia as the preferred healthcare travel destination in the Asian region. Its ultimate purpose is to promote and position Malaysia as a unique destination for world-class healthcare services.

Malaysia is amongst one of the only countries within the region where medical tourism is promoted by the government. This thus provides medical tourists the assurance on quality care, regulation, safety standards and the governing laws within this industry. Malaysia healthcare offers specialties in various medical disciplines and performs some of the most complicated treatments in the world. Today, the medical practices in Malaysia are at par with the some of the best in the world, incorporating both sophistication as well as international expertise. Most of its medical specialists have been trained in some of the most esteemed medical institutions in the world namely from Australia, United Kingdom, and United States of America.

Compared to the typical current scenario of international medicine, where the cost of medical treatment is skyrocketing in the developed countries, Malaysia's healthcare service comes as a relief to patients from all over the globe. Malaysia certainly and confidently boasts of a medical care that supersedes in quality and affordability. The disparity is proof of the cost-effective nature of Malaysian medical treatment. This leaves scope for combining a holiday along with the medical treatment for many holiday seekers. Amazingly, you still spend only lesser than what you would have, in order to undergo the same medical treatment in some of the developed countries.

So take the opportunity to have a vacation along with your treatment either through the various tailor made packages on offer or build your own personalized holiday cum treatment packages. Malaysia is certainly the healthcare travel haven that you’re looking for !!! To know more about Malaysia medical tourism, visit