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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

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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