Information for Patients
The healthcare system in Myanmar is constantly ranked among the lowest in the world. Public hospitals are categorized into general hospitals, specialist hospitals and teaching hospitals, regional/state hospitals and district hospitals, and township hospitals. In rural areas, there are also some public health facilities that provide primary health services. In the private sector, many charity hospitals operate to provide private services to the poor. Those who are more affluent may choose to fly over to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and India for better medical treatment.
Myanmar is committed to achieve universal health coverall by 2030. The main goal is to ensure everyone get access to essential healthcare without financial barriers. Myanmar’s current health financing model mainly based on out-of-pocket payments. Even though the OOPPs have dropped annually thanks to the government’s effort in reforming the healthcare system, patients still pay the majority of healthcare costs out of pocket.
Information for Health Care Professionals
In Myanmar, both public and private health facilities are understaffed. Specialist doctors are in even more limited supply. There is also an uneven distribution of skillful health workers between urban and rural areas.
According to the law, all medical practitioners (both local and foreign), must be registered with Myanmar Medical Council and issued a Practicing License before they can practice medicine in Myanmar. International medical graduates can apply for full registration only if they are Nationals holding MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) or equivalent degree awarded by an of the foreign medical institutions recognized by the Council and must sit licensing exam MMLE (Myanmar Medical Licence Examination). Doctors who could not fulfill the requirement can only apply for limited registration.
Information for Travellers
Travellers who are planning their way to Myanmar are recommended to receive multiple vaccines, including Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, Polio and routine vaccinations.
Burmese, or Myanmar, is the official language of the country.
Link to Ministry of Health: https://www.mohs.gov.mm/