How Does the Malaysian Healthcare System Work?
The Malaysian healthcare system and the standards it delivers compare favourably with those in Australia, the United States, and Western Europe.
Healthcare in Malaysia is delivered via a two-tier system consisting of both a government-run and maintained universal public healthcare system and private sector facilities. Although the private healthcare system does run independently from the public sector, the Malaysian government has invested substantial sums of money into companies running the private facilities in order to encourage growth and offset concerns over the time it takes private hospitals and clinics to become profitable in the country.
It is estimated that around a third of all private sector hospital spaces in Malaysia is as a result of government investment.
While public sector healthcare is usually for Malaysian nationals, specialist services and treatments do often have long waiting times, so many choose to use the private sector, paid for with private health insurance.