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Is Health Insurance Required When Moving to Malaysia?

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Is health insurance a requirement when you are moving to Malaysia? This article explores health insurance requirements for newcomers to Malaysia.

Moving to Malaysia as an expat or digital nomad brings with it a host of considerations, one of the most important being health insurance. While Malaysia offers a public healthcare system, it is crucial for newcomers to have private health insurance upon arrival, especially during the period before they gain residency or access to the public healthcare system. The Malaysian government does not have a specific health insurance requirement for obtaining a visa or residency, but having health insurance is highly recommended to cover any medical expenses that may arise. It is important to ensure that the insurance policy provides adequate coverage, including hospitalization and emergency services, and that it remains valid for the duration of your stay until you are eligible for the local healthcare system.

Does Expat Health Insurance Meet the Requirements?

Most expat health insurance plans are designed to meet the needs of individuals living abroad, including those in Malaysia. These plans typically offer comprehensive coverage that can be more extensive than local health insurance options. However, it is essential to verify that the chosen expat health insurance policy is accepted by local hospitals and clinics in Malaysia. Expats should look for policies that offer a high coverage limit, coverage for both inpatient and outpatient services, and the flexibility to seek treatment at a range of medical facilities. It is also advisable to check if the policy includes medical evacuation and repatriation, which can be crucial in emergency situations.

Which local health insurers offer this type of insurance?

In Malaysia, there are several reputable local health insurance providers that offer plans suitable for expats and digital nomads. Companies such as AIA Malaysia, AXA Affin, Allianz Malaysia, and Prudential Assurance Malaysia are known for their comprehensive health insurance products that cater to a wide range of medical needs. These insurers provide various plans that can be tailored to individual requirements, including options for additional coverage such as dental and vision care. It is advisable to compare different plans and read the fine print to understand the extent of coverage, any exclusions, and the claims process before making a decision.

Advice from Expats in Malaysia about Health Insurance

Experienced expats in Malaysia often emphasize the importance of securing a robust health insurance plan before relocating. They recommend choosing a policy that offers a straightforward claims process and direct billing with hospitals to avoid out-of-pocket payments during medical emergencies. It's also suggested to look for plans with a wide network of hospitals to ensure accessibility to quality healthcare across the country. Additionally, considering a plan with coverage for chronic conditions and routine check-ups can be beneficial in the long run. Expats advise reading reviews and possibly consulting with an insurance broker or agent who understands the local healthcare landscape to find the best fit for your needs.

Expats Talk about Health Insurance in Malaysia

"Local health insurance is available to people under age 60. We have personal health insurance with a company specialising in international benefits. We pay for the procedures locally and submit electronic claims forms that are processed and pay according to US. standards. We chose this provider based on market research and an organization with which we are affiliated," said one expat who moved to Georgetown, Malaysia.

"Local health insurance is available to people under age 60. We have personal health insurance with a company specialising in international benefits. We pay for the procedures locally and submit electronic claims forms that are processed and pay according to US. standards. We chose this provider based on market research and an organization with which we are affiliated," mentioned one expat when asked about moving to Malaysia.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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