Malaysia First Again – Maintaining its top position for the best healthcare

KUALA LUMPUR, 6 Jan – For the third consecutive year, Malaysia has had the honour of being named the country with the “Best Healthcare in the World” by International Living’s “Annual Global Retirement Index 2017”.

The recognition of having the top healthcare system in the world comes from International Living, via their website internationalliving.com, where Malaysia tops the list out of 24 countries in the world for healthcare. The ranking is based on the price of medical procedures, while at the same time looking into the facilities available – excellent hospitals, highly trained doctors and affordable care.

This accomplishment is testament to Malaysia’s well-developed healthcare system which is highly accessible, with competitively affordable rates, and of world-class quality. Malaysia is one of the few countries in the region to receive strong government backing, and is rigorously regulated by the Ministry of Health Malaysia to ensure impeccable standards of quality, safety and ethics in Malaysian healthcare services.

In addition, the rates of treatments in Malaysia are highly competitive and affordable, without compromising quality. Malaysia healthcare facilities provide cutting-edge treatments that are on par with countries such as the US, UK, Europe and Japan, at 60-80% of the price. (Source: Patients Beyond Borders) This cost efficiency is also an attribute of the strict regulations on pricing outlined by the Ministry of Health Malaysia, to ensure that healthcare in Malaysia remains accessible to everyone who needs it.

As a nation that thrives to provide quality healthcare services which are accessible and affordable, this announcement of recognition is a great achievement. We are humbled and inspired to continue our commitment in providing the finest quality healthcare for the peace of mind of our visitors.” said Sherene Azli CEO of the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC).

There are currently more than 250 private hospitals in Malaysia, where only the most well-equipped and service-ready facilities are approved and registered to be participating healthcare travel providers. Most doctors and healthcare professionals in Malaysia received training from internationally-acclaimed institutions in Malaysia, US, UK, Australia and Europe, and Malaysian private hospitals possess accreditation from reputable institutions, such as the Joint Commission International (JCI), Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH) and the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua).

As the world grows increasingly aware of the high-value healthcare services Malaysia is able to deliver, Malaysia hopes to further strengthen its healthcare propositions and create higher degrees of accessibility to its healthcare services for citizens of the world.