International Living Ranks Malaysia’s Healthcare as Third Best

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American publication International Living ranked Malaysia’s healthcare as the third best worldwide among 24 countries.  Based on the publication’s Global Retirement Index, Malaysia had risen above countries like Spain, Italy, Ireland and New Zealand.

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Based on the index, Malaysia’s healthcare scored 95 points out of 100. The top two countires are France (97 points) and Uruguay (96 points). According to Keith Hockton, a correspondent in Asia for, “the medical expertise of Malaysian healthcare practitioners is equal to or better than what it is in most Western countries.”

“At this time, foreigners cannot access the public healthcare system here, but the low cost of healthcare and the range of health insurance options mean that paying for healthcare is no hardship. Healthcare costs are so low that you can pay out of pocket for many standard procedures. A regular doctor’s visit costs (US)$16 and a dental check-up costs (US)$9,” he said.

The ratings were evaluated based on both the cost and quality of healthcare available.

“How much a typical visit to a general practitioner tells you a lot, as does cost and the coverage particulars of health insurance.”

“Also considered are the number of people per doctor, the number of hospital beds per 1,000 people, the percentage of the population with access to safe water, the infant mortality rate, life expectancy, and public health expenditure as a percentage of a country’s GDP,” said the magazine.

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