Malaysia among Top-6 Countries with the Best Health Care
Updated: Jul 10, 2019
Medical care is one of the most important factors to consider before moving abroad.
With a score of 95 out of 100, Malaysia ranks number one in the Health Care category of the International Living Annual Global Retirement Index 2019. Medical care in the Southeast Asian region is simply world class with a modern and sophisticated infrastructure.
There are 13 hospitals accredited by JCI in the country and almost all doctors speak English fluently. In fact, most Malaysian doctors received training in the United Kingdom, the United States or Australia, so communication is impeccable. It is no wonder that Malaysia is a popular tourist destination.
Here, you do not need an appointment to see a specialist, and you do not need a referral from a general practitioner either. It’s as simple as registering at a hospital and waiting in line to see your specialist of choice.
The prescriptions in Malaysia cost a fraction of the prices in the United States. But not only the cost is attractive, but it is also the service. Pharmacists, like the rest of Malaysia’s medical staff, are well trained and informed. The Malays are friendly people, but what impresses is the genuine interest they take.
“Recently, I decided on a whim to take a health exam”, says Keith Hockton, Malaysia correspondent. “I had never done one before, and since I had a free morning, I decided to visit the Lam Wah Eee hospital,” says Keith Hockton, a Malaysian correspondent who lives on Penang Island.
“I was already registered and I found myself sitting outside the office of a general practitioner, or 5 minutes after arriving. In less than 1 hour, a doctor had examined me, I had had an ECG exam and I had blood and urine tests… and I was on my way home.
“The total cost of the visit was only US$ 44. The doctor who had examined me called me later that afternoon with the results. It is this level of service that makes medical care in Malaysia an attractive option. Everything is very convenient and efficient”.
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