Malaysia #1 again in healthcare services

Malaysia ranked first in the Best Healthcare in the World category of the 2019 International Living Annual Global Retirement Index

Once again Malaysia was ranked number 1 for its world-class healthcare services in the Best Healthcare in the World category in the 2019 International Living Annual Global Retirement Index, having scored 95 out of 100.

“International Living in its Annual Global Retirement Index 2017 honoured Malaysia for the third consecutive year of being named the country with the ‘best healthcare in the world’.

“This accomplishment is testament to Malaysia’s well-developed healthcare system which is highly accessible, with competitively affordable rates, and of world-class quality.

Source: Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, The Star in a 2017 report

The rating was published by the International Living website, listing the top 6 countries in its rating, Malaysia being at number 1 follows by France, Thailand, Ecuador, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Quality and the cost of medical procedures are taken into account for scoring in the healthcare category of the 2019 Global Retirement Index.

Measuring the quality of healthcare is difficult, and it’s hard to put a number on it. We can, however, put a number on the price of medical procedures. And these costs (as well as quality) helped us score each of the 25 countries in the healthcare category of our 2019 Global Retirement Index.

Source: International Living

Private hospitals are more expensive but are more up to Western standards than the public hospitals, yet the private hospitals in Malaysia are still affordable when it comes to minor visits and the procedures to meet with the specialist are easier. It is also mentioned that the medical staff is well-trained and informed.

“There are both private and public hospitals for expatriates to choose from, to suit one’s needs though the private hospitals tend to be a bit more expensive but are more up to Western standards than the public hospitals,” it said, adding that even at the private hospitals, the treatment was affordable for minor visits.

“Here (in Malaysia), you don’t need to make an appointment to see a specialist and you don’t need a referral from a general practitioner. It’s as simple as registering at a hospital of your choice and waiting in line to see your specialist of choice,” it said.

Source: NST

It is also mentioned that the cost of prescriptions is lower and that the pharmacists, just like the other medical staff in Malaysia, are well-trained and informed. The report in International Living also included that Malaysians are friendly, and it is the genuine interest they have which impresses.

International Living Malaysia Correspondent Keith Hockton had recently visited a hospital in Penang for his check-up, and among the positive comments that he gives are about the services that were given.

“Recently, I decided on a whim to have a medical. I’d never had one done before and as I had a free morning I decided just to pop in to the Lam Wah Eee Hospital. I was already registered and found myself sitting outside a GP’s office not five minutes after arriving. Within an hour, I had been examined by a doctor, had an ECG and blood and urine tests done…and I was on my way home.

“The total cost of the visit was just $44. The doctor who had examined me called me later that afternoon with the results. It’s this level of service that makes medical in Malaysia not only an attractive option but also a non-scary one. It’s all so easy.”

Source: Keith Hockton, International Living

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