As one of Asia’s most recognised developing countries, Malaysia has immense potential in an increasingly important tourism sector – health tourism. The country has seen a positive increase of visitors seeking medical treatments, attracted by Malaysia’s medical expertise and tourism appeal and attractions.
The number and range of specialist hospitals, clinics and dental surgeries have increased tremendously all over the nation in the last decade. The healthcare services throughout the country are of world-class standard and the medical cost in Malaysia is one of the most competitive in the world.
Today, with support from the Malaysian government, a large number of Malaysian private hospitals are actively participating in health tourism. The country offers medical services in a wide range of fields, including cancer treatment, pain management, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, fertility treatment, general screening and wellness, orthopaedics surgery and rehabilitative medicine to name a few.
The medical and dental services offered in Malaysia are on par with those in fully-developed nations. They cost considerably less than similar ones in neighbouring countries, and are a mere fraction of the prices charged in the West. Malaysian doctors and specialists are highly qualified, having received their training at industry-leading overseas medical schools in countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States and many others as well as in local universities.
All private medical facilities in Malaysia 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.
Many of the private hospitals have international accreditation, including the internationally-recognised Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation, as well as Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH) accreditation.
Both the JSI and the MSQH accreditations are recognised members of the International Accreditation Federation Council (IAFC), a body under the umbrella of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQuH). Thus, patients are ensured of optimum efficiency and quality.
Malaysia aims to become the leader of healthcare services destination in the region with the Ministry of Health’s commitment to ensure effective dissemination of Malaysia’s competencies and an unparalleled quality to those who make Malaysia their preferred choice when seeking treatment.
Source: The Ministry of Health Malaysia
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