Malaysian medical tourism is experiencing a 30% growth year-on-year

Malaysian medical tourism is experiencing a 30% growth year-on-year (exceeding the global 25% average), with over 850,000 healthcare travellers in 2015 and the Malaysian Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) estimates that one million medical tourists arrived during 2017.

Malaysia has been described as Medi-Travel’s best-kept secrets, with fluent English spoken everywhere and cost-savings comparable to India.

The top six treatments sought by medical travellers in Malaysia are cardiology, oncology, orthopaedics, IVF, dental care and cosmetic surgery. “Executive” healthcare screenings in the cities of Kuala Lumpur or Penang are also popular. A full screening — including vision, dental, hearing and MRI and PET scans — can cost approximately USD$1,500.

Most travelers are from the Asean region, with the majority arriving from Indonesia and Singapore with China and India not far behind.

The government is also encouraging private healthcare players to have their hospitals MHTC-certified to increase the chances of being a preferred medical tourism destination.

Medical tourism is being supported and promoted by the Government because healthcare travellers tend to stay longer and an average medical travellers’ contribution to the economy is double that of a regular tourist.Medi-Travelers prefer to recuperate in Malaysia after their treatments and on average, a healthcare traveller spends will spend around two weeks in the country following their treatment.