Malaysia has a comprehensive range of high-quality public healthcare services funded by taxes. These services are available for all citizens and permanent residents. The Malaysian government is committed to its principles of universal access to high-quality healthcare, which the local Ministry of Health offers through a network of nationwide clinics and hospitals.
Despite government dedication, the system still experiences some problems. One being the limited availability of quality healthcare centres in remote areas. In order to deal with the issue, a tool called ‘teleprimary care’ has been designed. This allows doctors in remote areas to discuss problem cases via telephone consultations with specialists and doctors in other hospitals. In general, though, public hospitals in Malaysia, especially those in big cities, are outstanding and stocked with the latest in medical equipment.
Doctors in Malaysia are generally knowledgeable, professional, and fluent in English. Before they can begin practising, doctors are required to complete three years of service in public hospitals throughout the country, ensuring there is adequate cover for the general population.
Foreign doctors are also encouraged to share their expertise in Malaysia. These foreign doctors are expected to be highly qualified and tend to work in public hospitals, as positions in private practices are hard to come by and in high demand.