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Sunday, February 9, 2014

MALAYSIA's healthcare is among the best and cheapest in the world

A recent report finds France, Uruguay and Malaysia rank as the top three countries that provide the best and most affordable healthcare in the world.
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France comes in first, finds InternationalLiving.com’s annual Global Retirement Index. This is because many French healthcare professionals in major cities speak English, and France has both public and private-sector healthcare. The public healthcare system is available to those who pay, or used to pay, into France’s Social Security system. This system offers excellent benefits, paying the bulk of the cost for a range of medical services that includes doctor’s visits, hospital stays and prescription medications.
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The private healthcare industry in Uruguay, which comes in second, consists of a number of independently operated healthcare organizations. They vary in size from a single clinic to networks of hospitals and clinics.
“The most popular private healthcare option in Uruguay is a ‘hospital plan,’ whereby you make monthly payments directly to an individual hospital or network that provides your care; everything from routine check ups to major surgery. The cost is extremely low compared to private healthcare options in the U.S.,” says David Hammond, InternationalLiving.com’s Uruguay correspondent.
In addition to hospital plans, there are private health insurance companies, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Uruguay, that provide a broad range of insurance plans.
Malaysia placed third. It has gained fame as a medical-tourism destination as its healthcare is among the best and cheapest in the world. Medical expertise here is equal to or better than what it is in most Western countries.
“At this time, foreigners cannot access the public healthcare system here, but the low cost of healthcare and the range of health insurance options, means that paying for healthcare is no hardship,” says InternationalLiving.com’s Asia correspondent, Keith Hockton.
“Healthcare costs are so low that you can pay out of pocket for many standard procedures. A regular doctor’s visit costs $16 and a dental check-up costs $9,” he adds. - ADVISOR.CA


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will agree with that.Lived in the West for over a quarter of a century and I can tell you that Malaysians don't know how lucky they are.I had a mastectomy and a reconstruction at University Hospital and the bill came up to RM900, that's inclusive of a weeks stay. My American husband was gobsmacked,he couldn't believe how cheap it was as in the US it would have set me back 30K USD. Each time we go back to his kampung in the US he would tell his family about how great and cheap our health service is and what a great country Malaysia is. Unfortunately, orang Malaysia ni banyak yang duduk bawah tempurung and lebih banyak merungut dari berfikir dan membaca.Sedihlah kalau orang luar lagi pandai menghargai negara kita dari orang kita sendiri.

Sunday, February 09, 2014 9:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best and the cheapest for whom? Certainly not for Malaysians. You should visit some hospitals in Malaysia. Private hospitals here are out of the reach of ordinary Malaysians. Go to government hospitals then. Well You make the choice.

Sunday, February 09, 2014 9:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you been to western countries before? If not..i would like to advise you go there and try you best to be admitted..and i bet you'll beg to come back here in malaysia..

Sunday, February 09, 2014 10:16:00 PM  
Blogger Hasnan said...

Some malaysian nowaday think it is beneath them to go government hospital. They perceive it as low class. They dont geddit that the best specialist and equipment are only available in government hospitals.

Sunday, February 09, 2014 10:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally agree! My father in law resides in Perth. If his condition is non life threatening, it will take him about 2 months to see a specialist. Their specialists only takes on 14 patients per day. In the US, you better hope you don't fall sick. Medical is beyond reach for many. No insurance, no talk.

Monday, February 10, 2014 1:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aiyo... why compare to western countries, compare with countries about the same level lah.Can tell you its definitely not only those 3 countries mentioned... wink..wink aint telling any secret.

Monday, February 10, 2014 5:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 9.51 what's your problem? What's wrong with public hospitals in Malaysia? Do you think public hospitals in developed countries are any better? Take the UK for example, have you been to one of the public hospitals? You actually have to WAIT FOUR (4) months just to SEE a consultant. That was my experience. And you think a trip to the Harley Street is cheap? And forget about getting treatment at any American hospitals if you don't have insurance, that's why Obama is pushing for ObamaCare. Sini ada Klinik 1 Malaysia percuma pun DAP bising cam babi gila! Bodoh punya komen!

Monday, February 10, 2014 8:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not something to be proud of.

Last year government allocated 20 bil. This year, 22 bil. All the for the operational expenditure alone.Buying of drugs, paying healthcare workers, maintaining facilities.

Where is this leading us? Out of 12 million working population, only 2 million pay tax.

Some people might say, so what? it's government's money.

But that 2 million taxpayers cannot be subsidizing the other 27 million population.

How does government generate income to subsidize our healthcare? They have no choice but to award businesses to GLCs which puts us in a paradoxical situation when we are striving not to be a socialist state.

It wouldn't be surprising if we check that those who obtain personal insurance are less than 20%. Don't count coverage provided by employers.

Malaysians cannot be complacent anymore. We have to share the responsiblity with the government.

So, unless anyone has a better idea other than the proposed GST or 1Care, please share. Otherwise, stop whining.

Monday, February 10, 2014 10:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not something to be proud of.

Last year government allocated 20 bil. This year, 22 bil. All the for the operational expenditure alone.Buying of drugs, paying healthcare workers, maintaining facilities.

Where is this leading us? Out of 12 million working population, only 2 million pay tax.

Some people might say, so what? it's government's money.

But that 2 million taxpayers cannot be subsidizing the other 27 million population.

How does government generate income to subsidize our healthcare? They have no choice but to award businesses to GLCs which puts us in a paradoxical situation when we are striving not to be a socialist state.

It wouldn't be surprising if we check that those who obtain personal insurance are less than 20%. Don't count coverage provided by employers.

Malaysians cannot be complacent anymore. We have to share the responsiblity with the government.

So, unless anyone has a better idea other than the proposed GST or 1Care, please share. Otherwise, stop whining.

Monday, February 10, 2014 10:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those guys in Pakatan had blamed us a lot of bad things. They accused our Education system level as low class. FYI, Malaysia ranked 1 st in English Proficiency Index (EPI)for the entire Asian region in 2013. And now Apanama had unearthed a new study regarding our state of healthcare. Which side do you prefer to listen?

Monday, February 10, 2014 11:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes in Government hospital no money you wait your turn. Sometimes surgery wait for 6 weeks. And by the way if you have connection you will be attended to immediately.

Monday, February 10, 2014 8:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RM1 outpatient fee is ridiculous. It strains the public medical establishment, spoils the "haves" at the expense of the "have-less" and "have-nots"

You just can't entertain the man who develops a sore throat through his expensive smoking habits, only to let him consult the government doctor at a very tiny fraction of his cigarette expenditures, for the sake of arguing against social inequitability, especially when urgent cases have to be placed in queues because of lacking funds. Would it generally make a man poor to pay RM10 to visit the gomen doctor? If yes, then excuse that sick person of payment altogether.

Monday, February 10, 2014 11:05:00 PM  

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