Sound healthcare infrastructure is necessary in a country where you choose to retire. Old age necessarily brings with it several possible ailments. Leading a healthy and active life, along with proper medical care ensures that retired life goes on smoothly. In this respect, Malaysia appears to have an efficient healthcare system.
The Ministry of Health takes care of the healthcare system in Malaysia.
- A two-tier healthcare system exists, which consists of universal healthcare systems operated by the government and private healthcare systems.
- Malaysia is considered a global healthcare destination, owing to its high-end hospitals with state-of-the art technology.
However, remote areas in the country still do not have access to quality healthcare services. Patients with serious conditions are forced to shift to good hospitals in more urbanized areas, with the family bearing the cost of the move.
- A tool known as “tele primary care” has been launched to combat this problem in the remote areas.
- Doctors practicing in these remote areas can discuss cases via teleconferences with experts.
In Malaysia, healthcare is dealt with in both public as well as private sectors.
- The government allocates 5% of its social sector development budget to healthcare.
- This figure represents a rise of over 47% over the earlier percentage.
- Thus, there is an overall increase in US$ 559,989,080.
- Efforts have been stepped up to attract more foreign investment.
According to the Malaysian healthcare system, doctors are required to compulsorily perform 3 years of service at public hospitals.
- In total, doctors should perform 4 years of service – 2 years of housemanship and 2 years of government service.
- Doctors from foreign countries, with high qualifications, are encouraged to apply at Malaysian hospitals.
Despite these measures, there is a significant shortfall of qualified doctors and specialists in Malaysia. Specialized treatment is thus only available in larger cities.
Private hospitals are usually located in urban areas and are equipped with the latest medical facilities.
- Often, it has taken as long as 10 years for private hospitals to realize profits.
- The situation is changing as more foreigners are now taking an interest in Malaysia.
- The government is focusing its efforts in promoting the health tourism industry in the country.
Medicine via Post is a healthcare program for people suffering from chronic diseases. It helps people renew their prescriptions via the post.
- In order to qualify for this program, patients need to obtain a certificate from a pharmacist stating that their condition is stable and that they understand how their medication is to be taken.
- The cost of delivery of medication is borne by the patient:
- US$ 0.98 in Putrajaya
- US$ 1.40 in other places in Peninsular Malaysia
- US$ 2.24 in Sabah and Sarawak
As of 2009, the Malaysian Medical Council recognizes at least 25 medical schools, such as Faculty of Medicine in Kuala Lumpur and Penang Medical College.
Malaysia is fast becoming known as a country where the latest medical services are to be had. Come and experience it for yourself!