Malaysia, with a score of 95 out of 100, was ranked first in the Best Healthcare in the World category of the 2019 International Living Annual Global Retirement Index.
Appreciating our healthcare:
- Doctors fluent in English
- Even at private hospitals, treatment affordable
- No need referral to see specialist; just register at hospital and wait in line to see specialist of choice
- Affordable prescriptions
- Well-trained and informed pharmacists, medical staff
- Friendly, sincere service
According to the International Living website, among top six countries that obtained the best ratings in the category of Best Healthcare in the World for this year, Malaysia ranked first with its world-class healthcare services and sophisticated infrastructure.
It said that with 13 hospitals in the country accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI), where almost all doctors, majority of whom were trained in the United Kingdom, the United States or Australia, were fluent in English, thus communication was flawless.
“There are both private and public hospitals for expatriates to choose from, to suit one’s needs though the private hospitals tend to be a bit more expensive but are more up to Western standards than the public hospitals,” it said, adding that even at the private hospitals, the treatment was affordable for minor visits.
“Here (in Malaysia), you don’t need to make an appointment to see a specialist and you don’t need a referral from a general practitioner. It’s as simple as registering at a hospital of your choice and waiting in line to see your specialist of choice,” it said.
“The prescriptions in Malaysia cost a fraction of what you pay at home. But it’s not just the cost that is attractive, it’s the service.
“Pharmacists, similar to rest of medical staff in Malaysia, are well-trained and informed. The Malaysians are friendly people, but it’s the genuine interest they take which impresses,” it said.