Malaysia ranks 1st in Best Healthcare in World category of retirement index

06 Feb 2019 10:58 AM | Kiff Arifin (Administrator)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia, with a score of 95 out of 100, ranked first in the Best Healthcare in the World category of the 2019 International Living Annual Global Retirement Index.

According to the International Living website (, among the top six countries that obtained the best ratings in the category of Best Healthcare in the World for this year, Malaysia ranked first with its world-class healthcare services and sophisticated infrastructure.

It said that 13 hospitals in the country were accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI).

Almost all doctors — the majority of them trained in the United Kingdom, the United States or Australia — were fluent in English, making communication easy.

“There are both private and public hospitals for expatriates to choose from to suit one’s needs.

“The private hospitals tend to be a bit more expensive but are more up to Western standards than the public hospitals.”

But it said even at the private hospitals, the treatment was affordable for minor visits.

“In Malaysia, you don’t need to make an appointment to see a specialist and you don’t need a referral from a general practitioner. It’s as simple as registering at a hospital of your choice and waiting in line to see your specialist of choice,” it said.

“The prescriptions in Malaysia cost a fraction of what you pay at home. But it’s not just the cost that is attractive – it’s the service.

“Pharmacists, similar to other medical staff in Malaysia, are well-trained and informed.

“The Malaysians are friendly people, but it’s the genuine interest they take which impresses,” it said.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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