No need to enroll in public health system
--show up at a hospital or clinic and ask for treatment. There are public hospitals, but private (more costly) respond faster with higher levels of service. Quality of health care is very good!
Expat Healthcare Advice for Georgetown
Excellent clinics with Providers trained internationally, many with US Board certification -- especially true at private hospitals and clinics.
Emergency Medical Care in Georgetown
Emergency services respond quickly. Public and private hospitals are within 5 miles, clinics within a few blocks. Quality of care is on par with global high-level expertise. Hospitals are both public and private. Call for an ambulance with emergency call numbers.
Quality of Healthcare in Surrounding Area
Expats can go to local clinics and to hospitals. Typical treatment includes sprained ligaments, skin reactions, respiratory problems. Severe problems may evacuate to Kuala Lumpur
. I would personally not return to US for medical OR dental care. Level of competence here for specialist treatment is trained by and participates in U.S. standards for Board Certification. Cost of treatment here is SUBSTANTIALLY LOWER than U.S.
Prescriptions are available through clinics, hospitals and pharmacies. Cost are low compared to U.S. We needed an antihistamine similar to U.S. prescription formula. We took it to a local pharmacy that said they didn't carry that brand, but compared ingredients and provide a local version--no prescription needed for that one.
Expat 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.
Healthcare in Malaysia
Expats in Malaysia recommend that newcomers talk to friends and learn about the best hospitals, clinics and doctors in their area before a medical emergency arises.
Healthcare in Georgetown, Malaysia
An expat in Malaysia talks about the high quality of care at private hospitals in Penang, public vs private health insurance, the low cost of prescription medicines and emergency medical services.
Answer Questions about Healthcare in Malaysia
Help others moving to Malaysia by answering a set of questions about health insurance, public healthcare in Malaysia, prescription medicine, quality of medical care and emergency services.