Malaysia… “the best kept secret in Medical Tourism”

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The first Malaysia International Healthcare Travel Expo and Conference (MIHTE 2012) in Kuala Lumpur marked an important point in the development of Malaysia’s medical tourism industry, led by the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC). MIHTE attracted more than 1,300 delegates from  34 countries and was supported by  84 local and international exhibitors.

As the local healthcare systems develop, the Asian medical travel sector has enjoyed a period of growth in a difficult global healthcare market that has yet to recover from the financial crisis of 2008. Malaysia came relatively late to the medical tourism game, riding on the coat tails of Korea, Singapore and Thailand. As one conference attendee described the country, it has been “the best kept secret in medical tourism”. But it is very clear that the work of MHTC, led by Dr Mary Wong,  and the Association of Private Hospitals in Malaysia (APHM), led by Dr Jacob Thomas, is paying dividends. Malaysia has climbed into the top five of medical tourism destinations worldwide (IMTJ Market  Analysis).

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Is Medical Tourism Right For You?

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Why Should You Be A Medical Tourist?

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As if needing medical care is not enough, having to plan travel arrangements is a growing issue with North American medical tourists setting out for Asia for everything from dental work to breast implants to cardiac surgery. Long waiting times and lack of availability has stippled the canadian medical consumer’s ability to get treated and are seeking alternative medical treatment in developing countries with medical facilities of western standard, or of standards that exceed the western norm. Often, Tourists are surprised to find brand new facilities and equipment as hospitals and medical tourism hubs around the world join in the fierce competition for this fast growing market.

Although price is the usually the major factor that first leads patients to look overseas for health care, except in countries with free healthcare like Canada, there are a number of other benefits that often escape notice such as higher skilled surgeons, better equipped hospitals, better availability of surgery, and lower waiting times.  Medical tourism has its perils, however, and the aspiring tourist should be familiar with possible problems and have a good idea about which hub is right for them long before planning the details of a trip.

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10 Reasons Why Medical Tourist Must Go To Malaysia!

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Why Malaysia is the Medical Destination of the Year?

Medical tourism and Malaysia is a match made in heaven! An exotic locale with excellent services, Malaysia is a nation with a wide array of beauty. From beautiful cityscapes in Kuala Lumpur and Penang to cultural cities like Kelantan and Terengganu to island getaways in Redang Island, Langkawi, Perhentian Island, Sipadan Island, and more. We are divided into 13 states and 3 federal territories.

The advent of the British to Malaya brought western medical ideas and practices to Malaysia, which has since developed into one of the worlds leading international medical system that is able to meet the growing demand for the global medical needs of today’s society. The healthcare system, under the Malaysian Ministry of Health, ensure that both private and public health care service providers are providing consistently high quality services and are employing highly skilled and well experienced medical professionals.

With over 4 million international medical tourists coming to Malaysia in the last 5 years, it is no wonder Malaysia is one of the Top 5 Medical Tourism destinations in the world based on quality. Our dedication to high quality services at affordable prices has been recognized internationally, which landed Malaysia the International Medical Travel Journal’s (IMTJ) ‘Medical Travel Destination of the Year’ at the Medical Travel Awards 2015, the ‘Best Country in the World for Healthcare’ by International Living’s Global Retirement Index, and the Medical Tourism Association’s (MTA) ‘2015 Public Private Partnership Medical Travel Destination of the Year’ award at the 8th Annual World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress in Orlando, Florida. Read More

Good Looks Can Be Rewarding

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Beauty comes with extra perks -prettier people earn more money, find higher-earning and hotter spouses, even get better mortgage deals- it may be because they develop higher self-esteem early on in life. Ever heard the saying ‘not everything in life is fair’, well the reality is that IT PAYS TO BE PRETTY! Tall men take home the bigger paychecks while women who cake-on the make-up are perceived as the most competent.

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When Things Go Wrong…

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I recall some time back attending a medical tourism conference in the USA. The organisers had included on their programme a UK plastic surgeon who was to speak on “Cosmetic Surgery Abroad”. Unfortunately, the conference organisers hadn’t done their speaker research too well. What they expected to be a plug for cosmetic surgery tourism turned out to be a 20 minute onslaught of graphic slides illustrating cases of cosmetic surgery gone wrong…. patients who had travelled from the UK to elsewhere for cosmetic surgery whom this surgeon had been asked to treat on their return….. what is becoming known in the UK as “Botched up Bodies”. (For non-native English speakers, “botched up” means …. ruined, destroyed, messed up.)

Cosmetic surgery is a significant sector of the medical tourism market. It represents a significant proportion of the outbound medical tourism market from countries with developed health systems such as the UK. In the UK, according to the Treatment Abroad Medical Tourism Survey, 42% of outbound medical tourists are seeking cosmetic surgery abroad. These consumers cannot afford the prices for cosmetic surgery within UK hospitals and clinics and are attracted by the cost savings available in other countries.  Belgium, Czech Republic, Turkey and Poland are the favoured destinations for British women seeking a new look.

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