Malaysia emerges as preferred health and medical destination
Medical expertise in Malaysia ranks 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’s growing reputation as a preferred health and medical destination sees it welcoming visitors from around the world seeking remedies for a range of medical needs. These include both critical health services as well as cosmetic and remedial care.
There are many advantages of choosing Malaysia as a private heath and medical care destination. Some of them are highlighted below.
Competitive rates: Medical charges and hospitalisation costs here are very competitive compared to those in many developed countries, and expertise ranks among the best in the world. For instance, a normal cardiac bypass surgery (CABG) would cost in the region of $6,000 to $7,000.
State-of-art facilities: The many state-of-the-art, well-equipped and well-staffed private medical centres have extensive diagnostic and therapeutic resources such as endoscopic suites, haemodialysis centres, cardiac catheterosation and magnetic resonance imaging facilities and much more.
Highly-qualified professionals: Medical specialists are highly qualified professionals with extensive international qualifications and are supported by well-trained paramedical staff.
Comfortable accommodation: Most private hospitals in Malaysia offer accommodation ranging from comfortable to luxurious, including private rooms and suites. Meals are included and rates vary depending on the level of service required as some establishment offer personal butlers or full-time private nurses. Sleep-in facilities can also be easily provided for travelling companions and, again, given Malaysia’s relative low costs yet high standards of living, long-term stays are an acceptable option.
State-of-the-art health and medical services: In general, all private medical centres offer a range of state-of-the-art health and medical services, including medical screening services, diagnostic services, curative/ therapeutic services and dental services.
Easily accessible tourist destinations: Perhaps the best thing about undergoing medical attention in Malaysia, especially for less critical care cases, must be the recuperation period. Patients have the opportunity to enjoy sightseeing and other tourist activities during their recuperation and convalescence. Visits can be made to Malaysia’s beautiful beaches especially since some medical centres are located at popular beach or tourist locations. Indeed, for most patients, taking in a bit of sightseeing or going on a shopping spree could stimulate a quicker recovery.
The newly-launched Tourism Malaysia website – www.tourismmalaysia.gov.my – has an interactive feature that allows visitors to discover Malaysia through the eyes of fellow Europeans. It serves as an additional avenue to promote the country as an outstanding tourist destination for the European market complementing campaign materials available on screen and in print. It provides viewers with an overview of the many attractions in Malaysia through a detailed Destinations guide that brings Malaysia to life via credible visuals and third party experiences. “Malaysia is truly the heart of Asia with its many diverse cultures, wonders, and attractions, and our new European website is designed to be the gateway for European travellers to not only obtain valuable information on travelling to Malaysia but also an avenue to share experiences of their enchanting discoveries and to enjoy Malaysia at home,” said Hon Datuk Dr Leo Michael Toyad, the Malaysian minister of tourism.