We all know people love to visit Malaysia for its food, cultural diversity, and heritage spots
But did you know that Malaysia is one of the top spots for medical travel?
Malaysia was listed as the “Best Country for Healthcare” from 2015 to 2017 by International Living and listed as “Top Asian Country for Retirement” in 2018. This means people prefer seeking treatment in Malaysia instead of their home countries or other places around the world. Last year alone, Malaysia received over one million medical travellers, with that number on the rise every year.
In the latest Medical Travel Awards 2018, Malaysia won 9 out of 15 awards, more than any other country in the world
These awards were given out by the International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ), the world's leading journal for the medical travel sector.
This year, we were awarded for having some of the best medical centres:
- Health and Medical Tourism: Cluster of the Year - Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council
- International Hospital of The Year - Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur
- International Specialist Patient Centre of the Year - National Heart Institute
- International Cosmetic Surgery Clinic of The Year - Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre
- International Fertility Clinic of the Year - TMC Fertility Centre
- Best Marketing Initiative - Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur
- Best Quality Initiative - Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara
We were also highly commended in these two categories:
- Health and Medical Tourism: Destination of the Year - Malaysia
- Excellence in Customer Service - Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur
One of the main reasons why people prefer to come to Malaysia for medical treatment is because we provide affordable healthcare
According to Patients Beyond Borders, medical travellers could save up to 80% on medical expenses, if they opt to do their treatment in Malaysia, which may amount to thousands of ringgit.
Our country's location and infrastructure also make it easy for medical travellers to gain access into Malaysia. What's more, they would be receiving world-class quality treatment from top hospitals accredited by gold-standard organizations such as the Joint Commission International (JCI).
Besides that, Malaysia is home to highly-trained doctors, with many of them receiving training from the US, the UK, Australia, and India
After training, our doctors are also required to spend a compulsory minimum of three years serving in the public sector before joining the private sector. This gives them the experience they need, as well as on-ground interaction with people of all backgrounds.
But what truly sets Malaysian doctors apart is their hospitality. Due to Malaysia's multiracial society, doctors and medical professionals understand and respect different cultures and needs. In fact, some of them are even able to speak in multiple languages including English, Malay, Chinese and Indian dialects. That makes Malaysia a golden destination for many Southeast Asian medical travellers.
In recent times, Malaysia has been raising its standards of healthcare, providing medical travellers with top-notch treatment
Malaysia's TMC Fertility Centre won 'International Fertility Clinic Of The Year' in the IMTJ Medical Travel Awards 2018. In fact, clinical pregnancy in Malaysia records a success of one in two fertility patients.
It's no wonder that Malaysia's medical travel sector earned RM1.3 billion last year, with hopes to gain more than RM2 billion by 2020
Thanks to the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council, an agency under the Ministry of Finance and established by the Ministry of Health, our country continues to be positioned as a preferred destination for world-class healthcare services.
All in all, Malaysia is highly accessible and offers quality care for healthcare travellers seeking affordable treatments. Malaysia's proven track record as the 'Health & Medical Tourism: Destination of the Year' for the past three years also makes our country the perfect spot for medical travellers.
To find out more about Malaysia's medical travel sector, visit Medical Tourism Malaysia's website today