While many people turn to Australia, Britain, Korea, and the USA when it comes to plastic surgery, there are some people that don’t want to spend their life savings on elective surgery when there are other options available. In fact, many insurance companies throughout the US are recommending that their patients go abroad for certain surgeries because the quality of care is equally as good, if not better, but the prices are a fraction of the cost. Thailand and Malaysia are two of the most accredited countries for medical tourism. If you do a bit of research, you will find out that more and more people from Western countries as well as all over Asia, are having plastic surgery in Thailand and Malaysia. Be it liposuction, a facelift or eyelid surgery, you will receive the best service possible for nearly half of the price.
Why is Malaysia an amazing alternative to Thailand?
Communication: Malaysia was a British colony until 1957; therefore English is spoken by all the surgeons, their staff, and just about everyone in the country. Medical tourism in Malaysia has become world renowned. In fact, Patients Beyond Borders states, “Malaysia is medical travels best-kept secret with fluent English spoken everywhere and cost-savings comparable to India, in less culturally jarring settings.” When having surgery, who would not prefer to be able to communicate their wants and needs directly with the doctor as opposed to with a translator? Many patients feel that this alone makes all the difference when choosing between Malaysia and Thailand, and people are starting to take notice.
Cost: Plastic Surgery and other procedures in Malaysia are typically less than half of what it would cost you in Australia, Europe, Hong Kong, New Zealand or the US. According to International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2014, Malaysia came in at 94 out of 100 for healthcare, taking into account its’ affordability without sacrificing quality. Healthcare costs are so low that you can pay out of pocket for many standard procedures. In some cases, the total is less than your health insurance deductible would be at home. Even prescriptions are a fraction of the cost of Western countries.
Care: While communication and cost are a motivating factor when choosing a country to have a medical procedure in, the quality of the care you will receive is of the utmost importance. The surgeons in Malaysia have trained in some of the most highly esteemed medical establishments in the US, the UK, and South Korea. The government of Malaysia actively promotes medical tourism for the country which means that the entire industry and all the hospitals and doctors involved are scrutinized. What that means to the patient, is that the hospitals and doctors are performing up to international standards. The hospitals in Malaysia have internationally recognized accreditations including; JCI, ISO9001, International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH) and are arguably the same caliber as western hospitals. Many of the hospitals, as well as the medical and dental clinics, are state-of-the-art with the latest high-quality technology and are among the most advanced medical facilities in Southeast Asia.