SARS - Is Malaysia a safe travel & tourism destination?
Malaysia is not categorized as a SARS infected area by the World Health
There has been no local transmission of this disease. No Malaysian has
contracted SARS from another Malaysian. Therefore, it is highly unlikely for a
visitor from a non-SARS country to be infected with SARS by visiting Malaysia.
The few cases that have occurred in Malaysia were infected during their travel to
the SARS infected areas/countries like China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada,
Taiwan, Vietnam, USA and the United Kingdom (London).
Malaysia has successfully contained the disease by implementing strict screening
and quarantine procedures for the people who have travelled to those countries.
Strict screening is also done for incoming visitors for their own protection.
How dangerous is SARS? It must be noted that about 90% of SARS victims
recover and only 5-10% succumb to it. This is almost similar to influenza,
dengue or other severe infectious diseases.
The Preferred Health and Medical Destination
There are many advantages in choosing Malaysia for your
private health and medical requirements. Medical charges and
hospitalisation costs in Malaysia are very competitive compared
to those in many developed countries. Malaysian medical
expertise is also ranked among the best in the world.
For example, a normal cardiac bypass surgery (CABG) would
cost in the region of USD6,OOO - USD7,OOO. The favourable
exchange rate of USD1.OO to RM3.80 contributes further to make it an affordable
Another reason to consider Malaysia is the wide choice of state-of-the-art private
medical centres available. These establishments are well-equipped and staffed to serve
the healthcare needs of people from all over the world. Click here to begin searching for
a good Malaysian Medical Centre of choice.
Medical specialists in the country are highly qualified
professionals, and supported by well-trained para-medical staff
and sophisticated medical equipment.
In Malaysia, all private medical centres are approved and
licensed by the Ministry of Health. Most of the private medical
centres have achieved certification for internationally
recognised quality standards, for example, MS ISO 9002 or
accreditation by the Malaysian Society for Quality of Health (MSQH). Click here to begin
searching for a ISO-9002 accreditated medical facility.
Most private medical centres in Malaysia offer comfortable and well-appointed
accommodation, ranging from suites to private rooms for single occupancy or more.
Room charges, inclusive of meals, vary between medical centres but remain at an
In summary, Malaysia is a healthcare destination of choice because:
All medical staff are English speaking
A harmonous, plural society practising a variety of religions (for example,
muslim quot;halalquot; food can be easily found)
Favourable exchange rates (one Ringgit Malaysia is equivalent to approx.
USD 0.26, Sterling Pound 0.18, Indonesian Rupiah 2700, Saudi Riyal 0.96,
Brunei dollar 0.47, Singapore dollar 0.47)
Affordable hospitalisation costs. An uncomplicated CABG would cost in the
region of US$6,000-7,000
Highly-trained medical specialists, most with recognised post-graduate
qualifications from the UK, Australia and the USA
Multi-ethnic, multi-lingual support staff from various religious
e.g. Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc.
Accessibility to major international airports. There are 224 hospitals in the
private sector located nationwide
Comprehensive network of hospitals and clinics. 88.5% of the population
are within 5 km of a public health clinic or private practitioner.
>> The 4th Meeting of The National Committee for The Promotion of Health Tourism in
The Ministry of Health, Kuala Lumpur, on 11 April 2002
Speech by YB Dato’ Chua Jui Meng, Ministry of Health Malaysia
>> Telehealth, or Integrated Telemedicine is one of the flagships of
Malaysia's Multimedia Super Corridor project (MSC).
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State of the Art Health and Medical Services
In general, all private medical centres offer a range of state-of-the-art health and
medical services, including Medical Screening Services, Diagnostic Services, Curative /
Therapeutic Services and Dental Services.
Medical Screening Services
Basic and Executive Screening, Well Men Screening (including prostate screening) and
Well Women Screening (including post menopause management).
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) which is the gold standard
for imaging of the brain and spine, Endoscopic services for
detection of ulcers and cancers of the gastro-intestinal tract
and biliary tract lesions, Ischaemic Heart Disease with
Coronory Angiography, Echocardiography and Nuclear
Medicine-Isotope Perfusion Scans to detect perfusion defects
resulting from blockage of the coronary arteries.
Curative / Therapeutic Services
Repairs of hernias, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) / Angioplasty, Haemodialysis
and Lithotripsy for crushing renal stones, treatment of erectile dysfunction, Laparoscopic
Cholecysthectomy, Hip and Knee replacement arthroplasty, Eye care, Cosmetic and anti-
aging services, Dental services and state-of-the-art Cancer Therapy services
(chemotherapy, radiotherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, Loco-regional chemotherapy
and brachytherapy), Cardiac catheterisation facilities, Cytogenetic services and
Interventional radiology services. In the field of cardiothoracic surgery, the Beating
Heart Surgery technique offers a rapid process of healing whereby the patient is able to
walk on the third day of the operation.
Malaysia has a high standard of dental healthcare. Qualified
dentists provide treatment at hospitals and clinics with the
focus on quality service customised to individual needs. The
Malaysian Dental Council is the governing body that assures
the provision of quality dental healthcare, including the
requirement to strictly adhere to procedures to eliminate cross-
infection in all dental clinics. Many dental clinics, including
those in hospitals carry out current treatment modalities using modern equipment in a
comfortable environment. Besides the basic dental services, other services provided are:
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Medical Facility Searchlist (35) - Sorted by Name
• Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital
• Assunta Hospital
• Columbia Asia Medical Center
• Damansara Fertility Centre (DFC)
• Damansara Specialist Hospital
• Fatimah Hospital
• Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre
• Gleneagles Medical Centre
• Hospital Pantai Putri
• Ipoh Specialist Hospital
• Island Hospital
• Johor Specialist Hospital
• Lam Wah Ee Hospital
• Loh Guan Lye Specialists Centre
• Mahkota Medical Centre
• Metro Specialist Hospital
• Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital
• National Heart Institute (IJN)
• NCI Cancer Hospital
• Normah Medical Specialist Centre
• Pantai Ayer Keroh Hospital
• Pantai Medical Centre
• Pantai Mutiara Hospital
• Penang Adventist Hospital
• Sabah Medical Centre
• Selangor Medical Centre
• Sentosa Medical Centre
• Subang Jaya Medical Centre
• Sunway Medical Centre
• Taman Desa Medical Centre
• Tawakal Hospital
• The Southern Hospital
• Timberland Medical Centre
• Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital (THONEH)
• Tung Shin Hospital