Malaysia’s medical tourism is giving Singapore a run for money!

Published on : Tuesday, June 6, 2017

medical tourismMalaysia is gradually establishing itself as one of the most favored medical tourism destination in Asia, giving Singapore, a run for money.

Though, Singapore was a current preferred destination, as per the report in Singapore’s Straits Times, Medical Tourism Index data released in May portrayed Malaysia and Indonesia to be the next two preferred countries slowly catching up with the trend.

According to a latest report, cost-effectiveness and the increasing availability of quality care present in Malaysia are proving the major factors in luring tourists away from Singapore as the country is still known for its steep medical costs often skyrocketing in spite of “patient experience” being ranked as the “most attractive”.

Recently, a low-cost total hip replacement operation at a private hospital in Singapore costing $14,000 (RM43, 000) has been compared with the same procedure at Mahkota Medical Centre in Malaysia with total cost of only $8,800 (RM27,140) respectively in a news report. In addition to lower costs, Malaysia’s “patient experience” increased enormously between 2015 and 2017 respectively. However, few Singapore private hospitals are now trying to keep hold of patients by offering them a “luxury experience” of the same kind to what one would come across in various star hotels like, umbrella organizations in Malaysia were driving national medical tourism efforts to great effect.


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