Three Top Medical Tourism Centers In Malaysia

Written by ClinicTrip on June 9, 2018

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The country of Malaysia in Southeast Asia, between Singapore and Thailand, has become a major medical tourism destination for its high quality, low cost healthcare and its multilingual services including English, Malay & Indonesian, Chinese, and Indian languages. It’s also easy to access the country with excellent infrastructure and internationally recognized hospitals within the main cities.

Even though Malaysia is a small country, not all of the hospitals are located in the largest city of Kuala Lumpur and its suburbs. In fact, there are three medical tourism centers in the county that provide healthcare convenience. Kuala Lumpur has the largest offering of hospitals including awarding winning medical tourism hospitals. The second center is in Penang Island and the city of George Town which is a 45 minute flight from Kuala Lumpur or a 4 hour drive. Its a tropical island setting and great for vacationers but it also has several top hospitals. The third center is Melaka which is about 1 1/2 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. It’s a rapidly developing city and top destination for regional medical travelers.

Malaysian private hospitals have centers of excellence in fertility, health screenings, cardiology, dentistry, orthopedics, cancer care, and tropical diseases. Here’s a bit more about each location.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the largest city in Malaysia and the main medical tourist hub in the country. Currently going through a boom, the city has massive suburbs, a top airport (Kuala Lumpur International Airport), and a good rapid transit system with buses, light rail, and subways. GrabCar, the digital ride hailing service, makes it easy to get around as well. The actual capital of the county is PutraJaya a planned suburban district south of the city.

Kuala Lumpur has a large range of hospitals, dental clinics, and specialty clinics where the majority of doctors and administers speak English due the British colonial legacy. Top hospitals include the internationally recognized Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Sunway Medical Center, Prince Court Medical Center, Tropicana Medical Center, Pantai Hospital, KPJ Ampang Puteri Specialists Hospital, and the National Heart Institute (Institut Jantung Negara)

Ampang Street in Kuala Lumpur

There are also top fertility clinics such as TMC Fertility and a wide range of dental clinics in the hospitals and private managed. Costs are low with a Health Screening at a top private hospital costing around $400US. A dental checkup is in the range of $40US.


Penang is a large island off the coast of northwest Malaysia that’s connected by a bridge to the mainland. It used to be called the “Pearl of the Orient” and now is a major tourist destination and cruise ship port of call. It’s old town is densely packed with shop houses but the rest of the city is modern with bustling suburbs. The main beach area, Batu Ferringhi, is a pleasant beach resort enclave with top hotels.

The main city hosts several top hospitals and was one of the original medical tourist destinations in Malaysia and in Southeast Asia as its climate and relaxed atmosphere already had visitors arriving for health reasons.

Penang Malaysia

Busy Street In An Older Section of George Town on Penang Island

Top hospitals include Gleneagles Penang, Island Hospital, and Penang Adventist Hospital. City planners are already suggesting that they turn Pengang into a medical tourist island with expanded medical care and recovery options. Penang is easily reached by air, bus, train, and it’s a four hour drive from Kuala Lumpur.


Melaka is a small state south of Kuala Lumpur and the main city is Melaka City. It started out as a fishing village, then came under control of the Portuguese during the Age of Exploration, and then was taken over by the British until it became part of Malaysia in 1946. It is a city and region filled with history and scenic beauty as the city is situated along the Straits of Melaka coastline with several hills overlooking the ocean.

It’s noted for its seafood cuisine as well as being a fun tourist spot and a excellent day trip from Kuala Lumpur and it hosted 16.7 million tourists in 2017.  It has also become a medical tourist destination. There are several hospitals in Melaka that cater to medical tourists especially Mahkota Medical Center. Currently the majority of medical tourists to Melaka are from Indonesia. With several new hotels being constructed it’s a good place for the recovery period because of its seaside setting and relaxing atmosphere.

Start With A Health Screening

All three regions in Malaysia offer great health care and with the wide range of hospitals it’s convenient to find one that fits the needs of any medical traveler. There’s even the luxury of getting second opinions before electing to undergo surgery. The best way to get familiar with a hospital in Malaysia is to sign up for a Health Screening Program. From there you can get a feel for the hospital, doctors, the service, and receive a full analysis of your health.