Healthcare in Malaysia




Malaysia offers internationally recognized medical treatment for a fraction of the cost of the US and Western Europe.

Even within Asia, Malaysia leads the region with the best value healthcare. The main reasons for these are a weak currency exchange rate and a government mandate that limits the fees that private doctors and hospitals are allowed to charge (also applicable to foreign patients).

Moreover, the cost of food, transportation, and hotels are also very low. These factors make Malaysia both the most affordable places to recover and, one of the most favoured travel destinations in Asia.

Major medical procedures w/average total medical/hospital cost in a western-level hospital

SU.S. Costs from “Patient Beyond Border” by Josef Woodman. Details below
Procedure Countries Cost as a % U.S.
U.S India Thailand Singapore Malaysia India Thailand Singapore Malaysia
Heart Bypass 130,000 10,000 11,000 18,500 9,000 8% 8% 14% 7%
Heart Valve Replacement 160,000 9,000 10,000 12,500 9,000 6% 6% 8% 6%
Angioplasty 57,000 11,000 13,000 13,000 11,000 19% 23% 23% 19%
Hip Replacement 43,000 9,000 12,000 12,000 10,000 21% 28% 28% 23%
Hysterectomy 20,000 3,000 4,500 6,000 3,000 15% 23% 30% 15%
Knee Replacement 40,000 8,500 10,000 13,000 8,000 21% 25% 33% 20%
Spinal Fusion 62,000 5,500 7,000 9,000 6,000 9% 11% 15% 10%

“Patient Beyond Border” by Josef Woodman. The table used in this book is available from
ABILITY Magazine at





Malaysia is a short flight away from most major cities in Asia and the Middle East.

Singapore 55 min 1 hour 14 min
Phnom Penh 2 hours 50 min 4 hours 15 min
Jakarta 3 hours 2 hours 20 min
Bangkok 2 hours 10 min 1 hour 40 min
Yangon 4 hours 4 hours 35 min
Hanoi 4 hours 25 min 5 hours 50 min
Bali 3 hours 5 hours 15 min
Manila 3 hours 40 min 4 hours 40 min
Dhaka 5 hours 50 min 6 hours 10 min
Karachi 6 hours 0 min 9 hours 50 min
Dubai 9 hours 55 min 9 hours 0 min
Doha 12 hours 20 min 9 hours 50 min
Ryyadh 8 hours 10 min 11 hours 35 min
Surabaya 3 hours 35 min 2 hours 55 min



The quality of Malaysian healthcare is excellent. In fact, according to the Medical Travel Quality Alliance, the world’s best hospital for medical tourists is Prince Court Medical Center, located in Kuala Lampur: Click here to learn more

Malaysia’s two medical hubs – Kuala Lumpur and Penang – have specialists that are trained in the US and Europe and are fluent in English. Also, these cities contain 6 of the nation’s 13 Joint Commission International (an international quality accreditation agency) hospitals:

Kuala Lumpur
  • Gleneagles Kuala Lampur: (Link)
  • Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur: (Link)
  • Prince Court Medical Center: (Link)
  • Gleneagles Penang: (Link)
  • Pantai Hospital Penang: (Link)
  • Penang Adventist Hospital: (Link)

More on JCI accredited hospitals in Malaysia: (Link)

How does Ulink help patients seek medical treatment in Malaysia?

1. Quality assurance

In comparison to Thailand and Singapore, Malaysia’s medical tourism landscape is not as developed. There are therefore large variances in the quality of medical care. Here Ulink adds the most value – we are able to recommend the right specialists and hospitals based on the patient’s condition and budget, through our experience serving foreign patients. Our provider panel includes the most prominent hospitals in Malaysia; including, Prince Court Medical Center, Gleneagles, and Sime Darby Hospital.

2. Safety

Malaysia is generally viewed as not as safe as, say, Singapore, and its public transportation system is less reliable. In light of this, our patients gain a peace of mind through Ulink’s assistance in arranging for car transfers and patient accompaniment, as well as reservations at safe and reputable hotels

3. Convenience

Despite great progress in recent years, Malaysia is still not fully set up to serve international patients. Here, our clients benefit from Ulink making all the arrangements for them to receive the best medical care in Malaysia:




Evacuation by air ambulance


Hotel & fight arrangements, car transfers, language translation,
patient accompaniment and visa arrangements


Treatment options, cost & length of stay estimates


Insurance forms, invoicing and payment, medical reports, medicines, follow-up
questions to the doctor, 24-hour standby assistance


Entry and extended stay in Malaysia

How much do Ulink’s services cost? How do I engage Ulink?

At Ulink, we understand your concerns. The following are the most common questions that we normally receive:

1.  Who is the best doctor for my medical condition?
2.  Which clinic or hospital should I go to for treatment?
3.  How much will it cost me?
4.  How long will my treatment take?
5.  Where will I stay?
6.  How do I go about while in Malaysia?
7.  Can I fit in a short vacation while in Malaysia? What are my options?

Answers to these queries will be provided free-of-charge.

Ulink charges a fixed fee of USD $25 only when the patient decides to confirm an appointment.


Charmaine, our dedicated medical coordinator based in Kuala Lumpur is ready to help. For any enquiries, please contact her at :


Charmaine has 16 years of experience in the medical sector and has built a strong network of service providers and medical professionals.


Through her wealth of experience in customer care, event management, logistics management, and leadership; Ulink has established strong partnerships with many specialists from a wide range of medical disciplines at Malaysia's premier medical institutions. 


In partnership with Ulink Singapore, Charmaine and her team has been providing quality medical arrangements and services for patients from the world over.

Here at Ulink, we always try our best to represent our patient’s interests and ensure their welfare. Through this we give our patients a peace of mind whenever wherever.