Global demand for healthcare services is expected to continuously expand in the future due to projected demographic shifts, among which are the increase in aging population, life expectancy and lifestyle diseases.
Healthcare in Malaysia operates on an efficient and widespread two-tier system, consisting of a government-run universal healthcare system that serves Malaysian citizens, and a co-existing private healthcare system that caters to citizens and international patients alike.
Malaysia offers top-quality healthcare services, thanks to stringent regulations and standards for safety and quality set by the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH), benchmarked against the highest standards in the world. In addition, Malaysian healthcare professionals are highly skilled and received training from renowned institutions around the world, operating in state-of-the art facilities.
Malaysian healthcare institutions are accredited by the Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH), whose vision is to advocate, promote, and support continuous quality improvement and safety in the Malaysian healthcare arena.
Moreover, several Malaysian private healthcare institutions also hold accreditation from trusted international agencies, such as the Joint Commission International (JCI), which is considered the gold standard in global healthcare, as well as International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua).
Recently, Malaysia was crowned ‘Medical Travel Destination of the Year’ for the third consecutive year at the International Medical Travel Journal’s Medical Travel Awards 2017. Malaysia also ranked first as the ‘Four Countries With The Best Healthcare In The World for 2017’ by the International Living, beating Costa Rica, Colombia and Mexico. Futhermore, Malaysia ranked sixth (out of 10 countries) as the ‘Best Retiree Healthcare On The Planet for 2017’ by the International Living (Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia and Malaysia).
The country’s successes through Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) on the global healthcare travel stage were also recognized. MHTC was awared as ‘2016 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific – Travel Council of the Year’ at the 2016 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Healthcare and Tourism Awards, among many others.
These awards are testament to the dedication and commitment towards excellence by the country’s healthcare players. With top-notch private hospitals, ambulatory care centres and other private healthcare facilities providing top quality, safe and effective treatments in comfortable surroundings with ease of access and affordable prices, Malaysia has certainly become the preferred destination for medical tourists seeking quality healthcare treatments abroad at competitive prices, particularly in South-East Asia.
Private healthcare facilities which became the members of MHTC are equipped to assist international patients with extensive support services, such as international liaison with patients’ primary caregivers, assistance with visa extensions for medical purposes, arranging for translators, local logistic arrangements and much more.
To date, there are 78MHTC Partner Hospitals, 20 of which represent MHTC Elite Partners, the most premier private hospitals in Malaysia. Many of these hospitals have multiple prestigious international awards, not only for the delivery of world-class treatments, but also for stellar healthcare services. Some of these awards include “International Hospital of the Year” for Sunway Medical Centre at IMTJ’s Medical Travel Awards 2016 and 2017, “Patient Care Hospital of the Year” for Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care at the 2016 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Healthcare and Tourism Awards, and “Paediatrics Service Provider of the Year” for Prince Court Medical Centre by the 2016 Global Health & TravelConsumer Choice Awards, amongst many others (To view a full list of our award winning hospitals, visit: https://www.mhtc.org.my/global-recognition/).
According to MHTC, the top 5 countries of health visitors seeking healthcare in Malaysia in 2016 are Indonesia, China, India, Japan and United Kingdom.