Medical Tourism

This is a service industry which has been on the rise in many developing countries whose medical expertise has reached the world’s standard, given that most are the returning doctors trained in the UK, Australia, Singapore and the USA. At the same time, the cost is lower compared to the western advanced countries because the salary, overheads like the rental cost, labor cost and utility charges are much lower, without compromising the quality of care.


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The growth of medical tourism has been tremendous and seen a double digit growth over the past few years. The government is very pro-active in helping to promote Malaysia as a destination for health travel and also holiday. The growth is highest in Penang, Malacca, Johor and the Klang Valley.

Government policy

Many government have improved or call for more stringent infrastructure setup and compliance for licensing to ensure that the the consumer-traveler protected. This will also ensure that the quality of the health care is maintained. Without this any bad reputation due to botched surgery can ruin the country reputation as a destination for medical travel.

The continuing policy of encouraging more medical travel has put Malaysia in the prominent position to tap into ever growing demand from healthcare traveler.

Poplar service area

Popular in the medical tourism list includes the medical screening, to high-end surgery like the heart illness related surgery and procedure, joint replacement for knee and hips, transplant, general surgery, and many other multiple types of surgery and procedures.

Reason for traveling abroad for treatment

  • high cost of healthcare in western countries
  • long waiting list to get consultation and operation
  • insufficient insurance coverage in the parent country
  • host country has equally high medical standard
  • also the chance to travel and relax for a short holiday
  • some insurance company encourage them to go to foreign land for treatment as it is lower cost

Cosmetic or aesthetic surgery travel

This has gained much popularity nowadays. The commonest procedures are the liposuction, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, face lift and hair restoration. Other popular surgery includes the double eyelid, eye bag, nose job, facial contouring job.




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