State-of-the-art medical facilities at affordable costs make the Malaysian health sector competitive globally.
An integral part of the strategic implementation of the 10th Malaysian Plan is the socio- economic development of the country. The development of the healthcare sector is, thus, indispensable. The Ministry of Health (MoH), in line with vision of the Government of Malaysia, seeks to provide world-class medical facilities at competitive costs. Already, a large number of medical institutes and dental clinics have commenced operation under highly qualified and experienced doctors.
Over the last decade, private hospitals such as Prince Court Medical Centre, Pantai Chain of Hospitals, KPJ Healthcare and the National Heart Institute have assumed a pivotal role in the growth of the healthcare industry.
Located in Kuala Lumpur (KL), Prince Court Medical Centre features revolutionary facilities and high-quality patient care. Born out of a vision to be a forerunner in clinical services, it is the only hospital in KL to be fully accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI).
The Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) or the National Heart Institute takes pride in being the only institution dedicated exclusively to cardiac care.
Pantai Holdings has under it flagship hospitals in Ipoh, Ayer Keroh, Kuala Lumpur and Penang. In service for over 35 years, Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur (PHKL) houses several centres of excellence, such as the Breast Care Centre, Cardiac Catheterization Centre, Hand and Microsurgery Unit, Spine and Joint Centre and the Pantai Cancer Institute, which houses an advanced Radiotherapy Unit and Chemo Daycare Centre. In addition, the hospital has an In-Vitro Fertilisation Unit, a dedicated International Ward and an Executive Screening Programme. PHKL was the first private tertiary hospital to win the prestigious W.H.O-initiated Baby Friendly Hospital Award and has also won the internationally acclaimed JCI Award.
KPJ Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital has both private and semi- private beds, while the KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital is well equipped with a variety of modern healthcare technologies.
Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur, another notable medical institute, provides a host of medical services such as rheumatology, anaesthesiology, cardio-thoracic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery. It also features a Women’s Wellness Centre and World of Wellness Centre.
A review of the health sector scenario of Malaysia is incomplete without mentioning the upcoming medical tourism sector.
A vibrant economy, state-of-the-art medical facilities and reasonable costs make Malaysia ideal for medical tourism. This, of course, is achieved with the help of the Malaysian government’s dedicated arm—Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC).
Malaysia’s healthcare sector holds immense potential for foreign investments, especially with various joint research projects in the offing. Prudent investment in the increasing number of private healthcare centres and vocational medical institutes can also yield rich dividends.
In fact, some of the international brands that have already set up their base in Malaysia are Bayer, Agfa, Pfizer, Novartis, Merck & Co and Sanofi- Aventis.
Powered by the MoH’s efforts to highlight Malaysia’s competencies of providing quality healthcare at affordable prices, the Malaysian health sector is all set to compete globally with the biggest and the best of healthcare destinations.