Malaysia is well-known for its medical tourism destination. Based on the International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2014 which ranks the top retirement places worldwide across the most important categories for retirees, Malaysia ranked 3rd after France and Uruguay, as the best and most affordable health care provider in the world.
Factors taken into account under the Health Care category in this Retirement Index include:
• The cost of care and the quality;
• The number of people per doctor;
• The number of hospital beds per 1,000 people;
• The percentage of the population with access to safe water;
• The infant mortality rate, life expectancy; and
• The public-health expenditure as a percentage of a country’s GDP.
Medical expertise in Malaysia is equal to or better than what it is in most Western countries. Though currently foreigners are unable to access the public health care system here, there are a range of health-insurance options for foreigners and the cost of health care is still considerably affordable.
Annual premiums for private health insurance may vary depending on your age, health, pre-existing conditions and deductible. For instance, in general, a healthy person in his mid-50s may expect to pay from $400 and $1,000 of premium a year depending on his or her choice of plan. International health insurance is also available and covers you when you travel throughout Asia.
What’s more, most dentists here are U.S. or UK trained and the medical staffs are friendly and professional. Meanwhile, the medical facilities in Malaysia are modern.