Why Malaysia is the Medical Destination of the Year?
Medical tourism and Malaysia is a match made in heaven! An exotic locale with excellent services, Malaysia is a nation with a wide array of beauty. From beautiful cityscapes in Kuala Lumpur and Penang to cultural cities like Kelantan and Terengganu to island getaways in Redang Island, Langkawi, Perhentian Island, Sipadan Island, and more. We are divided into 13 states and 3 federal territories.
The advent of the British to Malaya brought western medical ideas and practices to Malaysia, which has since developed into one of the worlds leading international medical system that is able to meet the growing demand for the global medical needs of today’s society. The healthcare system, under the Malaysian Ministry of Health, ensure that both private and public health care service providers are providing consistently high quality services and are employing highly skilled and well experienced medical professionals.
With over 4 million international medical tourists coming to Malaysia in the last 5 years, it is no wonder Malaysia is one of the Top 5 Medical Tourism destinations in the world based on quality. Our dedication to high quality services at affordable prices has been recognized internationally, which landed Malaysia the International Medical Travel Journal’s (IMTJ) ‘Medical Travel Destination of the Year’ at the Medical Travel Awards 2015, the ‘Best Country in the World for Healthcare’ by International Living’s Global Retirement Index, and the Medical Tourism Association’s (MTA) ‘2015 Public Private Partnership Medical Travel Destination of the Year’ award at the 8th Annual World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress in Orlando, Florida.
In the past, it became a habit for many medical tourists to go to India, Thailand and/or Singapore for their medical treatment due to lack of awareness that Malaysia provides superior overall value by offering much cheaper and much improved health, medical, and travel and tourism services than our counterparts. Malaysia’s character for consistency has led Malaysian hospitals and medical centres to win 6 out of 12 International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ) awards in 2015, a 27% increased from 2014’s 3 out of 9 awards, and also has MTQUA ‘2014-2015 World’s Best Hospital for Medical Tourist’ for the second time running. We are set to become the world’s best destination for international health & medical tourists around the world.
From the ease and accessibility of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), the overall exception services and quality its offers, Malaysia is the sensible choice for international patients seeking treatment abroad due to its consistent provision of quality services, governmental commitment to medical tourism, favorable foreign exchange rate, multicultural society, state-of-the-art medical facilities, political stability, and reliable offering of high quality medical services by highly experienced medical specialists and professionals at affordable prices that are both safe and effective.
Here are our top 10 reasons why Malaysia is your sensible destination choice:
Reason 1: Excellent Medical Services at remarkably low prices
With the rising cost of private medical treatment in many countries such as the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K., etc., the long wait times and the lack of available elective procedures, Malaysia, now more than ever, has become a very attractive option to get what you want, when you want!
Malaysia offers excellent public and private healthcare services at very affordable prices, due to, but not limited to, the lower operational cost, government subsidies, favourable exchange rates, lower malpractice costs, lower cost of medications and lower cost of living. In 2015, Malaysia saw approximately over 900,000 medical tourists from all around the globe who experienced vast savings on surgery.
Our excellence in healthcare has brought many international medical patients seeking not only health & wellness travel but also second opinions from Malaysian specialists. Our excellent health care system is defined by a variety of key factors such as our commitment to healthcare innovation and the use of sophisticated technology advancement coupled with state-of-the-art infrastructures that allow for high quality surgeries and/or treatments and commendably effective results.
Malaysia offers medical tourist a chance to reap over 65% to 90% in savings just from surgery. When you take into account the lower cost of living, foreign exchange rate, and many other variables, these saving rates can jump significant when compared to receiving treatment in another country.
Reason 2: State-of-the-art Medical Facilities
Malaysia offers some of the world’s best medical facilities and surgical expertise with the help of highly trained and experienced, internationally trained Board Certified specialists and surgeons, in addition to, highly qualified medical professionals specially trained in patient care. Most hospitals in Malaysia have dedicated international patient centres just for medical tourist visiting Malaysia; with the help of these centres, medical tourist can enjoy efficient services and quality treatment at very affordable prices. Part of this affordability is attributed to the considerably lower structural and operational costs than of countries like the U.S, Canada, Australia, or the UK; thereby, with a quality and medical facilities similar and sometimes better than Western countries, Malaysian health care prices are similar to India and Thailand.
Combined this with exceptional customer service, Malaysia offers international clients a large network of hospitals, medical facilities, and clinics –which are some of the ‘World’s Best Hospitals and Medical Facilities for Medical Tourist’, equipped with highly sophisticated, innovative medical technology largely housed in modern and contemporary state-of-the-art infrastructures featuring various centres of excellence (COEs). Our hospitals and medical facilities provide medical tourist outstanding care beyond standard clinical protocols, as well as, technologically advanced and excellent medical treatment. They are also dedicated to providing the utmost attention to patients’ non-clinical aspects of care that largely influence good results and successful medical travel journeys for medical tourist.
Moreover, patients from all over the world are guaranteed quality assurance and secure services as many of our private hospital and medical centres are accredited by an International Medical Accreditation Body namely the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQUA), which is the umbrella accreditation body for the all the major healthcare & hospital accreditation bodies such as: Joint Commission International (JCI) in the US, Accreditation Canada International (ACI), Australian Council on Healthcare Standards International (ACHSI), Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH), QHA Trent Accreditation (QHA) in the UK, Quality Health New Zealand (QHNZ), Saudi Central Board for Accreditation of Healthcare Institutions (CBAHI), National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) in India, Commission on Hospital Accreditation (KARS) in Indonesia, and many more, all of whom uphold the same medical standards and criteria for certification. In addition, Malaysian most hospitals and medical facilities are also International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 9001 certified.
Reason 3: The Presence of Highly Qualified Professionals
Most of the medical and non-medical professionals in Malaysia have and continue to receive their certification from abroad in countries such as the US, UK, Australia, Canada, India, Russia, Indonesia, etc. and bring back their talent and skills to practice their trade in Malaysia. They specialize in ensuring overall quality customer service and have the ability to provide medical and non-medical services to cater to medical tourist needs and wants that affect the overall outcomes of a successful medical travel journey such as communication, cultural expectations, social practices, ethics, post-discharge care coordination, etc.
The international exposure allows them to relate with medical tourists from different social environments and cultural and religious backgrounds, thus making them feel even more comfortable while they are receiving treatment in Malaysia. Most medical facilities are one-stop destinations that provide a wide variety of services, which means that patients need not visit many different facilities to receive various treatments. Our hospitals and healthcare organizations offer exceptional medical expertise, surgeons, and nurses who are available to their patients at all times.
Its comprehensive networks of hospitals, clinics, wellness centers’, tertiary healthcare organizations, are very centrally located, so much so, 88.5% of the populating live within three miles of a public health clinic or a private practitioner.
Reason 4: The Ease of Communication
Being a multicultural society with many internationally exposed professionals, Malaysians are accustomed to being multi-lingual. Most of Malaysia speaks both English and Bahasa Melayu fluently and majority of its population are also able to speak a third and/or fourth language such Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic, Thai, Javanese, Tegulu, etc.
In the medical community, both English and Bahasa Melayu are used as the norm and is generally spoken to all patients. In addition, the international patient centres have specific translator services provided to international medical tourist to help ease the communication difficulties, if any, between the medical tourist and the specialists and/or surgeons.
Reason 5: No Waiting Times and High Quality Services
Malaysia prides itself on little to no waiting times; this means that patients are able to meet with specialist when they choose and can get the high quality services the require with the aid of innovative medical technology without having to wait days, weeks, or even months in a treatment waiting list. Therefore, medical tourist can obtain their medical treatment on their own schedule. With the help of technologically advance information technology systems, the efficient and organization registration and scheduling systems negate the need for long patient queues.
With the right help, patients visiting Malaysian hospitals and healthcare organizations will be hospitalized upon their arrival, and their test and examinations done in a prompt manner. Furthermore, the treatments and medicines are dispensed to patients in the hospital or medical facility so that the patient can decide whether to return home or recuperate at a holiday location of their choice.
Reason 6: Excellent Recuperation Services
Malaysia offers excellent recuperation services for medical travellers. Most medical institutions offer a one-stop destination for medical tourists, offering everything from pre-operative consultations to post-operative rehabilitative treatments and therapies to aid their patients back to the optimum health. These institutions combine care, proximity, and technology to provide world class recuperation and rehabilitation services thus minimizing the need for patients to have to move away from their medical specialists for quality aftercare.
For example, Malaysia has a proven high success rate in fertility treatments, which combine holistic care, therapeutic services, and also gives medical tourist the option of using traditional and/or alternative medicine and recuperative methods.
Reason 7: The Peaceful Environment
Malaysia’s ever present beauty complements its medical facilities by acting as a high impetus for attracting health tourist. Most hospitals and medical facilities are located in prime locations and joint by the highly comprehensive network of hospitals and clinics in Malaysia. The country offers balanced atmosphere, being both serene and vibrant at the same time, ensuring that medical travellers are surrounded by a peaceful environment.
Moreover, Malaysia is blessed with a moderate and stable political system and government, comparatively low crime rates, multicultural society, Asian hospitality, and exotic holiday destination, which are only some of the pull factors that established Malaysia as the 2015 Medical Travel Destination by IMTJ. Malaysians are very welcoming to traveler, and go out of their way to maintain a hospitable community. The country is also fortunate to have a high level of overall social and economic stability, which is partly due to our multilingual capabilities. By far, the biggest attractions in Malaysia is its scenic beauty, amazing food, and friendly residents, the combination of which helps distinguish Malaysia from other medical travel destinations.
Reason 8: A Travelers’ Paradise
Malaysia houses a large number of breathtaking getaways spots ranging from spectacular beach resorts to mountain adventures and great metropolitan experiences. Medical travelers only require a regular visa to enter Malaysia and can plan a holiday or take some time to roam around Malaysia. Malaysia offers a variety of things to do like shopping in some of the World’s Best shopping malls and shopping destinations, visiting cultural and historic sights and museums, lounging on sandy white beaches with crystal clear blue waters, trekking through lushes’ green forest hills, and climbing high mountains.
Reason 9: Easy to Travel to Malaysia
Malaysia is very easily accessible by air, the capital –Kuala Lumpur, is a hub to all other major destinations around the world. Getting from one city in Malaysia to another is also very easy as they are all very well connected by both public and private modes of transportation. In this way, the procedure and processes required to travel in Malaysia is much easier compared to other nations in the world, especially in South East Asia.
Reason 10: Visa Benefits
Malaysia has very limited Visa restrictions. With the addition of the newly implemented e-Visa system, most travelers need not worry about getting a Visa into Malaysia. Better yet, many citizens of other countries do not require a visa for certain periods, as such many Westerners will automatically receive a Visa-on-arrival if their visit to Malaysia in under 90 days. Medical travelers can get additional 180 days by providing a letter of referral from the hospital/medical facility at which they intend to receive treatment to the immigration. Our customer services determine is well equipped to help patients through the process of immigration and visa extensions.