Medical Tourism In Malaysia


Malaysia is among the top 10 medical tourism destinations in the world and has a well-recognized and distinguished healthcare system. The country is visited by medical tourists from around the globe seeking an array of medical procedures. Malaysia is famous for its coastal tourism (leisure activities that happen on the coast or beachside) due to areas like Langkawi (This beach is known for its white sandy shores and uniquely colored water). Malaysia’s beauty is unparalleled due to its numerous tourist spots.

Malaysia has the distinction of being one of the first countries to form a commission for the promotion of medical and health tourism. The National Committee for the Promotion of Medical and Health Tourism, which was founded in 1998, has since then paved the way for the growth of medical tourism in Malaysia. Patients can find any sort of medical treatment in Malaysia, ranging from cosmetic surgery to more advanced surgical procedures. But even then, the costs are considerably less than what a US or UK patient would have to pay.

According to the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC), more than a million medical travelers visit the country each year and the number is projected to increase dramatically in the years to come. Malaysia has won several international medical and healthcare awards.

Why Choose Malaysia?

Malaysia is a hot destination for medical travelers because of quality healthcare and low waiting times. Moreover, the doctor to patient ratio is high so patients are given the attention and care they deserve. The costs are lower because many stringent price regulations have been put in place, ensuring that quality healthcare remains accessible to those who need it. Hospitals feature advance medical equipment and technology, setting high benchmarks of excellence in the global medical industry.

Medical tourism in Malaysia is popular because of affordable accommodation and stunning attractions. Once patients have fully recovered, the country is the perfect place to unwind. Travel is cheap and tickets are easily available and affordable even if you book business class.

Healthcare and Medical Tourism in Malaysia

Malaysia has 13 JCI accredited hospitals, and a healthcare system, featuring two main tiers: public healthcare facilities are only for the citizens, but private healthcare can be accessed by anyone. Even when signing up for private medical care providers, the costs are 60% less than what patients would have to pay in the US. Popular medical treatments include cardiology, orthopedics, dentistry, oncology and IVF. Along with complicated treatments, standard treatments are also available to medical tourists such as teeth whitening, laser eye surgery and warts removal.

A lot of the medical travelers to Malaysia are Indonesians, in whose homeland, medical care providers and facilities have yet to adapt to the rising standards of the citizens. People living in middle eastern countries also visit Malaysia, not only because of the quality, but because they feel at ease, being treated in a Muslim country. Australians visit Malaysia for medical treatments because the doctors and medical staff speak English fluently and to avoid the high cost of healthcare in their home country.  Medical travelers from North America and EU are also beginning to take notice of this Asian country.  

All private clinics, hospitals and medical centers obtain required licenses as outlined in the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998, working together with the Ministry of Health.  Thus, these institutes comply with world-class standards and assure the highest levels of quality.

Malaysia has significantly made improvements to their medical and healthcare system while ensuring the lowest possible prices, giving India tough competition. Both these Asian countries aim to attract international patients who want to access specialized medical treatments in the region.

Moreover, the government has established the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council, which offers facilities to all foreign patients including both advisory and assistive services. The offices are established at various cities across the country and helpdesks and lounges have been set up at the two main airports, namely the Kuala Lumpur Airport and Penang International Airport.

Lodging and Hotels

Accommodation in Malaysia is quite affordable. The starting rates for a dorm are $5 per night. Private budget hotels are available at around $20 per night. Mid-range hotels can be booked at $30 per night and luxury resorts can be rented for $50 per night. Food ranges from $1.50 to $15 per meal.

Airlines that fly directly from United States to Malaysia

At the current moment there are no direct flights from the United States to Malaysia

Other airlines that fly to Malaysia

  • Cathay Pacific
  • KLM
  • China Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Delta
  • Saudia
  • Emirates
  • United
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • EVA Air
  • Xiamen Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Scoot
  • Korean Air
  • Etihad Airways
  • AirAsia X
  • ANA (All Nippon Airways)
  • China Southern
  • Royal Jordanian
  • Japan Airlines
  • China Eastern
  • Qatar Airways
  • Air China

Climate and Weather

Malaysia has a tropical climate with average temperatures touching around 80.6o F.  Temperatures can exceed 86o F during the day. However, the inland and high altitude regions are cooler with average temperatures of 79oF and 73.4oF, respectively. Monsoons are common from May to September.

Entrance Requirements and Visa

Both the US and Canadian citizens don’t require a visa to visit Malaysia if their passport is valid for the next 6 months and their stay is less than 90 days. However, travelers must not carry more than $10,000 when entering and exiting the country.

Some passport holders may require a Malaysia visa, so check out the requirements of your particular country before visiting.

Languages and Culture

Malaysia has a rich cultural heritage and a colorful local cultural mix comprising of Malay, Indian and Chinese. Each of these follow their own traditions, so patients witness many festivals throughout the year such as the Thaipusam Festival in late January or early February, the Chinese New Year in February and the Wesak Day in May. Popular food includes nasi lemak, nasi kerabu and beef rending.

Malaysians speak English, but it’s not their mother tongue. Other spoken languages include Cantonese, Mandarin and Tamil.

Overview of Malaysia

Capital of Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur

Languages: Malay, English, and Chinese (These are the most popular languages)

Suggested Vaccines: Hepatitis A, and Typhoid booster

Time Zones: GMT +7 and GMT +8

Country Code for Telephone Calls: +60

Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)

Entertainment and Tourist Attractions

Malaysia is not only popular as a medical tourism destination but also as a holiday destination. The country has many stunning islands where patients can relax. Luxury resorts offer relaxing spas where massage and other facilities can be availed. Sunbathing, scuba diving, snorkeling and other outdoor activities keep everyone engaged. The country has many natural wonders and is known for the largest flower in the world and the oldest rainforests. Moreover, the cities boast of world-class architecture such as the Petronas Twin Towers in the capital.

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