MEDICAL TOURISM MALAYSIA

WHY MALAYSIA

IS A PREFERRED DESTINATION

Excellence in Healthcare and Wellness

Malaysia has emerged as one of the preferred destinations for medical tourists given its highly-specialized medical treatment options, reasonable fees and patient comfort coupled with experienced medical experts who are fully equipped to meet patient demands. Currently, Malaysia is ranked among the top medical tourism destinations in Asia, alongside India, Thailand, Singapore and South Korea. Malaysia is also one of a few countries that is taking concrete steps to consolidate both modern and traditional medical practices as part of the healthcare industry. The Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM) Act 2016 is one such move to better incorporate traditional and complementary medicine in the country by establishing legislation, policies and guidelines on T&CM. This helps T&CM to provide high standards of quality care, ensures practitioners are properly registered and trained and helps contribute its growing influence to medical tourists seeking safe, alternative methods to treat their illnesses. Malaysia can also be viewed as a gateway to Asia itself, with its location bordering many Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, while also still accessible to travelers from other Asian countries like Japan, South Korea and China. Not only do they save a significant sum for equally excellent treatment procedures at a fraction of the cost, but they will also still have enough funds on the side to enjoy a vacation in the country. There are even collaborations between hotels and hospitals, where the hotels offer customised stay packages that are touted as “post-treatment friendly” while providing accessibility, excellent service, and other benefits that can be enjoyed at the hotel or the hospital.

FUNCTION OF HEALTH TOURISM

Travelling to treat physical illness or surgery under the supervision of doctors in hospitals and medical centres is called medical tourism. In this type of health tourism, the patient may after treatment require the use of spaces and curative tourism services (such as Spas)

A major reason for the choice of  medical tourism in Malaysia

Favourable healthcare infrastructures, climate, entertainment facilities, positive service quality of healthcare personnel, and reasonable cost for accommodation, transportation and medical fees make the cities compatible as international healthcare destinations.

Health tourism in Malaysia consists of two main categories which are medical tourism and wellness programme. Patients can opt for medical treatments in one of our internationally recognized hospitals, and stay on during the convalescence or recovery period.

Reason for Medical Tourism in Malaysia

1. High Quality of Care:


Our world-class healthcare quality has and continues to open the floodgates for healthcare tourism. We offer highly-specialized medical treatment options and state-of-the-art healthcare facilities that are on par with highly developed countries. This is coupled with experienced medical experts who are fully equipped to meet patient demands.

2. Competitive Cost & Packages:


The cost of medical procedures or treatments can be relatively lower in Malaysia for a similar treatment in one’s own country or in neighbouring countries like Singapore and Australia. Foreigners can also enjoy world class infrastructure facilities with comfortable accommodation for a fraction of what they might pay in their home country.
Affordable medical package are provided in Malaysia, covering health screening, treatment, accommodation, transportation, and recreational activities. These cost-effective options are monitored using ceiling rates imposed by the Ministry of Health of Malaysia.

3. Treatment Availability & Variety:


Malaysia itself has gained a reputation as the Asia region’s hub for cardiology, fertility, oncology and Hepatitis C treatments , home to more than 33 advanced heart treatment centers in the country, with advanced procedural techniques such as multi-slice computed tomography, endoscopic vein harvesting, and heart-assist devices.

4. Culture & Religion:


A multilingual environment that priorities the religious requirements of its patients prompts many to seek medical treatment abroad. Malaysia is the leading global halal hub .Not to mention the world class hospitality rendered by its people who can speak a plethora of languages. This can breach language and cultural barriers to make travelers feel at home.

5. Time Sensitivity:

Foreigners can expect shorter waiting time compared to some countries that have an overburdened healthcare system. Furthermore, Malaysia is also accelerating her efforts to digitalize the healthcare industry by conducting tele-consultations to provide continuity in foreign patient care for those who are unable to travel. medical experts who are fully equipped to meet patient demands.

6. Wellness Programme


Malaysia offers an impressive array of wellness programme, leveraging on the natural resources widely available in Malaysia. Wellness-based activities that are gaining popularity here are spas, massages, fitness classes, and diet and weight management programme. It covers the physical, psychological or spiritual areas, giving you a holistic experience in your trip abroad. 

7. Vacation

Travelers  with a bigger budget can kill two birds with one stone by going abroad for their procedure and extending their stay for a holiday.  After a surgery, patients are encouraged to stay for some weeks to recover safely before flying back home. Travel around to experience the remarkable treasures and the hidden gems in Malaysia. Each state offers a unique Malaysian experience for all.

8. Continuity of Care

Another thing to consider is the possibility of receiving follow-up care when you return to your own country. For this reason, countries like Malaysia are working on providing an alternative for hospitals to go digital in their practice, that is, with tele-consultation services.

9.  Well trained and highly skilled professionals

Most of the doctors in Malaysia have trained, practiced and have been certified in western countries, ensuring a high quality of service and an understanding of the latest developments in the field of treatments. They are highly competent and motivated professionals who keep up with the latest techniques and ever-changing technological breakthroughs of the medical world.

10. Internationally Recognized Hospitals

As part of efforts to deliver the best healthcare to citizens and medical tourists, a number of hospitals and other healthcare providers in Malaysia have pursued and attained accreditation from international healthcare bodies.

These include accreditation from the Joint Commission International, an independent, not-for-profit organisation that advocates rigorous standards of healthcare and improves healthcare performance and outcomes; and the Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee’s (RTAC) International Code of Practice for the delivery of safe fertility treatments.

Common Treatments done by Medical Tourists in Malaysia

Medical travelers come to Malaysia seeking specific treatment and surgery options for their healthcare needs, every one of them hailing from various corners of the globe. The most sought after ones are: ( Description attached )

• GENERAL HEALTH SCREENING 
• CARDIOLOGY
• FETILITY
• ONCOLOGY
• ORTHOPAEDICS
• GASTROENTEROLOGY
• DENTAL
• AESTHETICS
• OPHTHALMOLOGY
• NEUROLOGY
• UROLOGY

BRIEF BACKGROUND

Under Malaysia’s current health tourism promotion drive, 35 private hospitals in the country have been identified to promote Malaysia as a health tourist destination.
Most private medical centers in Malaysia also offer comfortable accommodation ranging from private rooms to suites for single occupancy or more. Room charges, inclusive of meals, vary at medical centers but are attractively priced. Some medical centers even provide highly qualified and trained private nurses and personal butlers at a reasonable cost.

In brief, factors that contribute to making Malaysia a centre of medical excellence in the region are listed below:

  • Safe and politically stable country
  • Wide choice of world class infrastructure facilities
  • Competitive and affordable pricing and favourable exchange rate
  • Highly qualified, experienced and skilled consultants with internationally recognized qualifications
  • Tolerant multi-cultural and multi-racial Malaysian society accommodates patients of different cultures and religions
  • Communication is easy – English speaking medical staffs
  • State-of-the-art technology, such as MRI, 64-Slice CT Scan, PET Scanner for early detection of cancer and other diseases, cyberknife which is able to radiate tumors without damaging adjacent vital structures
  • Quality and safety system in place, such as ISO and accreditation by the Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH)
  • Recently, the Ministry of Health, Malaysia has set up a Corporate Policy and Health Industry Division to promote medical tourism and related healthcare products including traditional medicine, etc. As such, the Ministry’s promotional efforts are more focused with the support from relevant government agencies and private sector
  • Attractive and affordable packages during recuperation period.
    To ease entry formalities for patients, the Immigration Department of Malaysia has implements the Green Lane System at main entry points which expedites custom clearance for medical traveler’s. Accompanying family members or friends of the patient can take advantage of their visit to sample Malaysia’s various interesting tourist attractions.

STATISTICS FOR MALAYSIA MEDICAL TOURISM INDUSTRY

The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) has revealed that Malaysia had a total of 800,000 medical tourists in 2022. Inbound – Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) produces medical tourism figures. Growth is currently at 16-17% a year. According to the Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia, the number of foreigners seeking healthcare services in Malaysia has grown from 75,210 patients in year 2001 to 296,687 patients in year 2006 which generated a total of RM203.66 million (USD 59 million) in revenue. From January to March 2007, Malaysia received 77,009 medical tourists and up to 2022 Malaysia received 800,000 medical tourist. Outbound – Medical tourism numbers out – 20,000. Substantial numbers of Malaysians go overseas for medical treatment. Malaysia is aiming to surpass Thailand and Singapore to remain the top medical tourist destination in South-East Asia.

OUR OBJECTIVES

EzyHealthcare International offers specialties in various medical disciplines and conducts some of the most complicated treatments worldwide. This gives tourists assurance of quality, safety standards and regulations (laws regarding medical care) within the industry.
Work hand-in-hand to promote Malaysia as an outstanding tourist destination. Showcase Malaysia’s unique wonders, attractions and cultures
The main objective of EzyHealthcare International is to be a common platform of information dissemination where patients and healthcare facilities can find each other. Medical tourism is a two way benefit street for both developed and developing countries as there is inflow of foreign exchange for developing countries and increasing opportunities for local public in terms of tourism for boarding, lodging and various other assistance and services required.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR MEDICAL TOURISM

Plan Ahead

Advance preparation often results in the best price and thorough research often in the best quality. It is preferable to start at least three months in advance with travel bookings and planning of your treatment. Decide on how long you want to stay. Take the duration of the medical procedure including immediate recovery into account.

  • Also take account of the rehabilitation program following the treatment. It may be dangerous to travel too soon after treatment. Refrain from strenuous activities after treatment.
  • Your recovery may take longer than expected. Take this into account when planning your trip, for example, by adding a few days or weeks immediately after the estimated rehabilitation period (and have nothing planned during this time). If possible, be flexible in scheduling your trip.
  • The priority during your medical trip mainly goes to treatment and rehabilitation. Plan your vacation around it.
  • Since Malaysia has a lovely tropical climate, you can have your treatment all year round. The fine weather often also speeds up recovery.

Documents

It is important to have all documents in order well before you leave. Essential are a valid passport, your credit card (including pin number to withdraw at ATM’s), your medical records and other information relevant to treatment. Possibly buy a handy manila folder and put all the documents in there.
  • Check the expiration date on your credit card. Ask for a new one if the card expires during your trip. Activate the PIN feature for the security of your credit card. You can consider increasing the limit temporarily when abroad.
  • Check with your bank about the possibilities for quick and easy access to your funds from Malaysia. Should there be a reason for having extra expenses during your stay, it is nice to know how to arrange this in advance. In Malaysia, you can use the ATM almost everywhere. Find out what your daily withdrawal limit is and increase it if necessary.
  • Check beforehand what documents are needed for the treatment. Also, check with your health care provider and have them list which documents they want to see upon return to declare any health related expenses.
  • Check with your doctor to get a copy of your own medical records. Take this to Malaysia so that you can show it to your specialist if needed.
  • Your passport must at least have a 6 months validity after leaving Malaysia.
  • Please bring paper copies of all correspondence with the specialists, hospitals, hotels/resorts, flights.If you have a tablet or laptop, you might consider bringing along everything digitally. If anything is unclear on the spot, you can always fall back on your saved data.

Visa Requirements

Travelers from the US and Europe do not need a visa to visit Malaysia. Upon arrival, you get a stamp in your passport that allows you to stay in Malaysia for 90 days. If you must stay longer in the country because of your treatment, please contact the Malaysian embassy in your own country beforehand to arrange long stay visa requirements.

Bring your close ones up to date

Inform family and friends and other relevant persons besides your own doctor of your medical journey.
  • Check with your health care facilitator before the treatment, if (part of) the treatment is covered. Determine whether the airfare and hotel costs are also insured. Also check what the conditions are regarding repatriation should something go awry.
  • Check with your insurance whether you are covered while traveling to and residing in Malaysia. If you do not have travel insurance yet; get it before your trip.
  • Compile a list of key people and their contact details. Besides family and friends, this list should also include GP, treating specialist (in your own country) and other stakeholders.
  • In some cases (high-risk operations), it is important to set a will in advance.

MEDIACAL CENTERS IN MALAYSIA

HOSPITALS IN MALAYSIA

WHY MALAYSIA IS A PREFERRED DISTINATION

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