Malaysia


Information for patients: 

According to the International Living website, Malaysia ranked first in the world in 2019 for excellent healthcare services and infrastructure [1]. Malaysia has a high standard two-tier health care system. 
Most GP’s and medical consultants, on both public and private sectors, are easily accessible. Their experiences and qualifications that are accepted internationally.

Check-up costs are starting at about $10 excluding the cleaning fees. Most health insurance covers medical fees. In addition, the Malaysian government introduced a free national health insurance scheme in 2018. All recipients aged 18 to 55 are covered by this scheme for 5 years [2]. 

Information for health care professionals:

There are three types of registration for foreign medical practitioners: full registration, registration with National Specialist Register of Malaysia (NSR), and temporary practising certificate. The main requirements are proficiency in English and Bahasa Malaysia [6], with training and registration evidence in the country of qualification. Specifically, for full and NSR applications, valid postgraduate qualification and the offer to be employed in any of the hospitals in Malaysia are required [3].

In Malaysia, the top fields of medicine are General Medicine, General Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynaecology [4]. Foreign medical professionals in adolescent medicine, paediatric rheumatology, intensive care medicine, urogynaecology and forensic psychiatry are highly demanded [5].

Information for travellers: 

Malaysia is one of the top medical tourism destinations in the world as the health cost is approximately 20-35% compared to the cost in the USA.

Malaysia is a tropical country and comes with a whole range of diseases. Mosquito-borne diseases including Zika and Chikungunya are present. Although there are no compulsory vaccinations required, all foreign travellers are recommended to get vaccinated for fighting common infectious diseases and all disease groups mentioned above. Please make sure wear protective clothing and use insect repellents while you are outdoors, and generally be hygienic to prevent infections.

Many Malaysian healthcare professionals are from multi-cultural. Therefore, most doctors are fluent in English and at least one of Hindi, Mandarin, Bahasa or Tamil languages.

Link to Ministry of Health website: http://www.moh.gov.my/

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References:

[1] https://internationalliving.com/countries-best-healthcare-world
[2] https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-free-health-insurance-low-income-11069692
[3] https://asean.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Malaysias-Experience-Procedures-on-Mobility-of-ASEAN-Doctors.pdf
[4] http://www.crc.gov.my/nhsi/wp-content/uploads/document/Distribuation_of_Clinical_Specialist_in_Malaysia.pdf
[5] https://saveaheart.my/only-7000-specialists-in-malaysia-we-need-more-doctors-to-specialise/
[6] https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/08/402894/exclusive-doctor-ed-out-language