Malaysia promotes Healthcare Tourism in the UK

Come back from your trip both tanned and treated

Shopping in KL, Jimmy Choo shoes, the beaches of Langkawi or a date with the orang-utans in Malaysian Borneo – these are some of the potions prescribed for savvy British travellers choosing to combine their healthcare treatments with the wealth of tourism options in Malaysia.

Following a surge of British medical travellers, which saw an increase last year by 30% to over 17,000, Malaysia is now promoting its healthcare services to the UK market next month in London.

Healthcare in Malaysia, under the responsibility of the government’s Ministry of Health, the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC), offers an efficient and widespread system of health care, operating a two-tier system consisting of both a government-run and a co-existing private healthcare system.

Commenting, Dr. Mary Wong, Chief Executive Officer of MHTC adds, “Orthopaedic, gastroenterology, dental, cosmetic and general surgeries are among the chosen treatments sought by the British travelling to our country. This is due to our acclaimed world-class medical healthcare, award winning hospitals and highly trained specialists. These factors, combined with our diverse tourism product, offer the perfect package for travellers. Internationally, we received 770,000 foreign patients worldwide in 2013.”

Malaysia is ranked third worldwide, (first in Asia), for its healthcare system by International Living, in its 2014 Global Retirement Index. Malaysian private hospitals achieved 3 out of 9 awards presented during the inaugural International Medical Travel Awards 2014 held in Dubai in March this year when Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur was named International Hospital of the Year, Imperial Dental Specialist Centre, Kuala Lumpur, named International Dental Clinic of the Year and Prince Court Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur as International Infertility Clinic of the Year.

Increasingly more private hospitals in the Country are offering expertise in medical fields such as, but not limited to, cardiology, oncology, aesthetic surgery, robotic surgery, fertility treatment, bariatric surgery, orthopedics, dental implants, ophthalmology, neurology and aesthetics procedures that include minimally invasive surgeries. Apart from being regulated by the Ministry of Health, in most cases these hospitals have internationally recognized accreditations, from organizations such as the Joint Commission International, which accredits healthcare organizations and programmes in the United States.

With top-notch medical services providing reliable, safe and effective treatments in comfortable surroundings with ease of access and competitive prices, Malaysia has become a leading choice for foreign patients seeking healthcare treatment abroad.

If you want in-depth information then MHTC will be exhibiting at The 50+Show from 10-12 July, Olympia Grand Hall, Booth C26, London. www.50plusshow.com/london

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