My First Health Screening at an International Hospital
I didn’t think that one day I would use the services of an international hospital or be a medical tourist. However, during a visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to visit friends, I was given a recommendation to do a Health Screening at a private hospital in the city. It had been a while since I’d had a physical or check-up, so I decided to give it a try.
The out-of-pocket cost was reasonable, it was nearby, and the list of tests appealed to me because it was larger in scope than what I was used to. So I booked an appointment without any delays and arrived at 8:30 am, more anxious to see what it was like rather than to determine the status of my health.
To my surprise, the private hospital was like walking into a very modern hotel and made me feel comfortable from the very beginning. I found the health screening department, opened the door, and discovered a spacious and pleasant waiting room, super friendly staff, and no delays to get started.
Inside the screening area, I saw a clean and ultra-modern environment with separate rooms for each test. The assistants were gracious and friendly and I moved through each test with ease. Most importantly, the range of tests I was given surpassed any physical I had taken at my local hospital. In fact, the most impressive part was that they took an ultrasound of my pancreas, abdomen (pictured), stomach, and other abdominal organs, giving me a clean bill of health. In contrast, during my last several physicals in the U.S., I was only given a blood test and a five minute rushed consultation with a doctor.
Since I had two friends who were already suffering from pancreatic cancer, I thought that a health screening such as this may have prevented or caught the illness early on so that it could have been treated properly. I was also frustrated that this test was not included in any of my previous physicals at home.
As a result, I have gone back every year for the health screening program and feel quite comfortable being a medical tourist since the international hospitals I have visited have the quality, cost, infrastructure, and efficiency that surpasses the standards with which I’ve grown up.
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My Normal Abdominal Scan
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