Malaysia is internationally renowned for its food, cultural diversity, and heritage spots. But did you know that it is also one of the top spots for medical travel? Last year alone, the country welcomed over a million medical travellers and took in an earning of RM1.3 billion from the sector. Supported by the Healthcare Travel Council, these figures are projected to rise year on year.
Affordable healthcare is cited as a key contributor to why Malaysia is the preferred country for medical treatment. According to Patients Beyond Borders, medical travellers can save up to 80% on medical expenses if they opt to seek treatment in Malaysia. Besides that, the country’s location and infrastructure makes the country easily accessible. Once here, world-class quality treatment from top hospitals accredited by gold-standard organisations such as the Joint Commission International is available.
Besides that, Malaysia is home to highly-trained doctors. Equipped with certifications earned around the world, the doctors are mandated to serve at least 3 years in the public sector before joining the private sector. This gives them not only the experience they need, but also essential on-ground interaction with people of all backgrounds.
What truly sets Malaysian doctors apart however, is their hospitality. Thanks to the country’s multiracial society, its medical professionals’ understanding and respect for different cultures and their needs is evident. In fact, many professionals are multilingual.
All these aforementioned factors combined truly makes Malaysia the golden destination for many Southeast Asian medical travellers.
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Awards and Accreditations
Medical Travel Awards 2018: More than any other country in the world, Malaysia was awarded 9 out of 15 awards given out by the International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ).
Best Country For Healthcare 2015-2017, listed by International Living
Top Asian Country for Retirement 2018
Health and Medical Tourism: Cluster of the Year – Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council
International Hospital of The Year – Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur
International Specialist Patient Centre of the Year – National Heart Institute
International Cosmetic Surgery Clinic of The Year – Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre
International Fertility Clinic of the Year – TMC Fertility Centre
Best Marketing Initiative – Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur
Best Quality Initiative – Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara
The country was also highly commended in two other categories:
Health and Medical Tourism: Destination of the Year – Malaysia
Excellence in Customer Service – Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur
In recent years, Malaysia has continually raise its standards of healthcare to ensure top-notch treatment for its visitors:
Malaysia’s TMC Fertility Centre won ‘International Fertility Clinic Of The Year’ in the IMTJ Medical Travel Awards 2018 (in fact, clinical pregnancy in Malaysia records a success of one in two fertility patients!)