International Living rates M’sia’s healthcare system as world’s best

PUTRAJAYA: International Living, in its Annual Global Retirement Index 2017, honoured Malaysia for the third consecutive year by singling out the country as having the “Best Healthcare in the World” (www.internationalliving.com). This is indeed a praiseworthy international recognition, as Malaysia tops a list of 24 countries. The ranking is based on:

• The price of medical procedures

• Facilities available

• Quality/number of hospitals

• Quality/number of trained doctors

• Affordability of care

The 24 countries in the listing by International Living are: – 1. Malaysia 2. Mexico 3. Panama 4. Ecuador 5. Costa Rica 6. Columbia 7. Spain 8. Nicaragua 9. Portugal 10. Malta 11. Honduras 12. Thailand 13. Italy 14. Peru 15. Belize 16. France 17. Cambodia 18. Bolivia 19. Philippines 20. Dominican Rep. 21. Ireland 22. Guatemala 23. Uruguay 24. Vietnam

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

“The government, through the Ministry of Health, ensures stringent and rigorously-observed regulations are put in place to safeguard impeccable standards of quality, safety and ethics in Malaysian healthcare services as a whole, whilst also ensuring that healthcare in Malaysia remains accessible to anyone who needs it,” said Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam when commenting on the index.

“The Ministry is humbled and inspired by this recognition and shall continue our commitment in providing the best quality healthcare for our patients,” he added.

Source: New Straits Times