Malaysia Healthcare For Expatriates
While moving to a new country can seem daunting, Malaysia is a country where healthcare is modern, advanced and one of the most competitive in the world; a fact that can greatly relieve some of the anxiety about living abroad.
Here are some basic facts about Malaysia Healthcare for expatriates living in Malaysia:
Public Healthcare vs. Private Healthcare
Malaysia practices a two-tiered healthcare system: public healthcare which is available to Malaysian citizens, and private healthcare, which is accessible to everyone. In emergencies, expats may also seek treatment in public hospitals, but hospital charges for non-Malaysian citizens would be comparable to those in private hospitals.
Quality Care for Your Peace of Mind
Malaysia Healthcare features many distinctive merits, most notably its world-class quality, competitive affordability and ease of accessibility.
Elite hospitals in Malaysia are equipped with the most state-of-the-art equipment, and many doctors in Malaysia were trained in renowned institutions around the world, including the US, UK and Australia.
Top private hospitals are also accredited by international organizations, such as the Joint Commission International (JCI), Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) and the Malaysian Society for Quality in Healthcare (MSQH).
The cost of Malaysian healthcare is also amazingly competitive. For a fraction of what it might cost back home, you can find healthcare in comparative or better quality. This is achievable largely through stringent regulations on fees for healthcare services and pharmaceutical products by the Ministry of Health Malaysia, to ensure that good healthcare remains affordable.
In addition, healthcare in Malaysia is highly accessible. Waiting times for appointments with specialists of your choice are practically negligible, thanks to the relatively high ratio of doctors per population in the country.
Healthcare Destination of Choice
Over the last few years, Malaysia has emerged as a preferred healthcare destination of choice. Serving almost 1 million health travellers in 2016, Malaysia was crowned “Medical Travel Destination of the Year” by the International Medical Travel Journal Awards from 2015-2017, and was named “Best Country for Healthcare (2015-2017)” in the Global Retirement Index published by International Living.
Several of Malaysia’s top hospitals have also consistently won multiple international awards for the quality and range of their stellar healthcare services through the years.
English is Widely Spoken
Most of Malaysia’s urban population speaks English, as do almost all healthcare professionals in the private healthcare sector. Many Malaysians are also fluent in other Asian languages, such as Mandarin, Cantonese, Tamil, Hindi and Bahasa Indonesia, allowing a high level of communication and comfort between patients and their medical caretakers.
As of 2011, all foreign workers in Malaysia are required to subscribe to the Foreign Worker Hospitalization and Surgical Insurance Scheme. As such, employment packages for expats typically include medical coverage for employees and their immediate family members, which should cover visits to a general practitioner (aka family doctor) for common ailments, consultations with specialists, hospital fees and prescription medication.
Those seeking more comprehensive care can purchase additional coverage from a wide selection of internationally-renowned insurance providers, offering a variety of packages specially tailored for the expat market.
999 is the universal emergency number used in Malaysia, for accessing ambulance, fire and police services; operators are at least bilingual and speak both English and Bahasa Malaysia. As an added safety measure, expatriates are advised to register with their local embassies/consulates upon settling in, especially if you might be staying in Malaysia for an extended period.