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15 Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Malaysia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Mar 09, 2024

Summary: The quality of medical care in Malaysia is generally considered to be good, with many hospitals and clinics offering modern medical facilities and treatments. However, the quality of care may not be as high as in the United States. Emergency services in Malaysia are generally reliable and efficient, with ambulances available to respond to medical emergencies. To call for an ambulance, you can dial 999 or 112 from any phone.

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How are healthcare services Malaysia?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Malaysia, they replied:

"Malaysia offers a wide range of healthcare services, including primary care, specialist care, and hospital services. The public healthcare system in Malaysia is generally of good quality and is accessible to both citizens and foreign residents. Expats in Malaysia can use the public healthcare system, but they may need to pay for some services. The public healthcare system is funded by the government and is free for citizens, although there may be charges for certain services. Expats in Malaysia can access the public healthcare system by registering with a local clinic or hospital. They may also be able to access private healthcare services, which are generally of a higher quality than the public system. Expats may need to pay for private healthcare services, but they may be able to claim some of the costs back through their insurance," said one expat.

"Excellent clinics with Providers trained internationally, many with US Board certification -- especially true at private hospitals and clinics," remarked one expat in Georgetown.

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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.

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