Guide to Health Insurance in Malaysia

You may be relocating to Malaysia or simply looking for a new international health insurance provider, either way, it’s essential to know what’s available both in terms of health insurance provision, and the country’s medical care and facilities.

With an estimated population of 27,468,000 and life expectancies of men and women at 71 and 76 respectively Malaysia’s healthcare system has experienced dramatic improvement in recent decades. It is vital to cover you and your family with international health insurance in order to get the best possible care should you need it.

Healthcare facilities

Malaysia’s universal health care system co-exists with the private health practices. The developed urban areas house most of the private hospitals and are equipped with the latest technology and health facilities. With an improvement in life expectancy and an increasing rising population, the Government aims to refurbish existing hospitals, building and furnishing new hospitals with high quality equipment and expanding the number of polyclinics.

Rural areas in Malaysia suffer from a lack of local health care centres so international health insurance is especially important if you are relocating these regions.

The centres of medical excellence can be found in Malaysia’s major cities such as the Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, The Amang Puteri Specialist Hospital and the Pantai Medical centre.

Work is in progress to upgrade Malaysia’s emergency services and introduce the Computer-Telephony Integration (CTI) for hospital exchanges, digital mapping in order to track callers' locations, as well as Computer Assisted Despatching (CAD) for online connectivity among the agencies that supply the emergency services.

Before you go

Recommended vaccinations before you travel to Malaysia are against; Hepatitis A, Diphtheria, Terbucolosis, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Cholera, Japanese B Encephalitis and you will require a certificate of vaccination for Yellow Fever if you and/or your family are arriving from an infected area.

Next steps

Get a quote for one of our WorldCare plans for your cover of international health insurance for Malaysia. You can access treatment anywhere in the world, buy on the web, get covered instantly and manage your plan through your own personal and secure online area, so it’s quick, easy and very convenient.

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