Malaysia has a comprehensive range of high-quality public healthcare services, funded by taxes. These services are available for all citizens and permanent legal 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.
However, despite government dedication, there are still some unsolved problems. One of these is the limited availability of quality healthcare centres in remote areas. In order to deal with the issue, a tool called “tele-primary care” has been designed. This allows doctors in remote areas to discuss problem cases through tele-consultations with specialists and doctors in other hospitals. In general, though, public hospitals in Malaysia are outstanding and are stocked with the latest in medical equipment.
Doctors in Malaysia are generally knowledgeable, professional, and fluent in English. Before practicing, these 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.
There is an extensive network of high-quality private healthcare options in Malaysia. These are generally of an excellent standard and service mainly expats and wealthy Malaysians. In order to make use of the private healthcare system, the Malaysian government requires that all non-residents and expats have private medical insurance.
While this may result in medical care being more expensive than it would be for locals and permanent residents, it is still likely to be cheaper than what most expats from North America and Western Europe would expect to pay in their home countries.