Health Tourism Growing in Leaps and Bounds in Malaysia

The Malaysian government has recently decided to extend the visa for health tourists from a period of thirty days to six months. This is a great move to improve health tourism in the country. Tourists applying for the health visa must have important documents like letters from the doctors treating them to apply for the visa.

Health tourism in Malaysia is flourishing, the reason being state-of-the-art quality medical care is provided at affordable costs. Language is no barrier for people coming in from USA and Europe as most people speak fluent English in Malaysia. Malaysia also boasts of a high number of private hospitals that come equipped with the latest diagnostic and treatment options. The doctors are all well-trained with post-graduation certificates from reputed centers in USA, UK and Australia.

Malaysia offers medical tourism in areas of medical screening services, diagnostic/therapeutic services and dental services. People from all parts of the world come to Malaysia for treatments like heart surgeries, cosmetic treatments and dental care. Favorable exchange rates are what make treatment in Malaysia really affordable. For example, a normal cardiac bypass surgery would cost around USD 6OOO – USD 7OOO. But the exchange rate of USD1.OO to RM3.80 makes getting treatment in Malaysia that much more affordable.

Malaysia has over 224 hospitals in the private sector. Most of them are located with easy access to airports and major amenities. Moreover, these hospitals provide comfortable accommodations, ranging from suites to private rooms and their service includes food and comprehensive care in the hands of well-trained nurses. Most of these private medical centers have received certifications for internationally recognized quality standards, like the MS ISO 9002 or accreditation by the Malaysian Society for Quality of Health (MSQH).

Malaysia is also a great place to combine medical care with a few days of vacation. The country offers so many ways to celebrate life, so a patient can have a short vacation while recuperating from the ailment. Yes…it’s the best of both worlds, indeed!

Source by Vikas Sah

Are You More Afraid of the Dentist’s Drill Or Bill?

The sound of a dentist’s drill creates anxiety, but the receptionist’s voice at the dental office when the bill is read sends shivers down patients’ spines and into their bank account.   With the cost of dental care increasing faster than normal inflation, it’s no wonder that the sentiment of fear reigns supreme at the dental office check out window. According to a report byPrice Index Communication, the five-year inflation (2002-2006) for dental care was 27 percent.   

The rise in dental care prices is coupled with the statistic in a recent Employee Benefit News article that only 46% of workers get assistance from their employers via a dental benefit package.   Some patients who are obviously more afraid of the dentist’s bill than the drill opt for dental tourism – traveling abroad to countries where dental practices are just as advanced, but dental costs are much lower.  

According to an article by U.S. News, in 2007 more than 180,000 Americans participated in the medical tourism trend for operations ranging from heart valve replacements in Thailand to restorative dentistry in Mexico. Proof that this is a growing trend; health travelers can receive medical care in at least 28 countries spanning four continents.  

While medical tourism may work for some, there is still a domestic alternative for those without dental insurance or the means to pay for full-priced dental care: discount dental plans. 

Discount dental plans are available to individuals and groups as an alternative to dental insurance.  Patients can choose from over 100,000 participating dentists in combined networks and save between 10% to 60% on most dental procedures.

Source by Jenny L McCoy

Top-Notch Healthcare Available in Costa Rica

For the last several years, Costa Rica has become known as a prime destination in the growing tourism healthcare market. Costa Rica is just a short 2 or 3 hour flight from several U.S. cities, making it an excellent option for North American residents seeking quality affordable healthcare. Two well-known private hospitals in Costa Rica’s capital of San Jose have capitalized on their international status as world-class healthcare centers and now offer several services for their international clientele at a fraction of the cost that one would expect to spend in the United States. Both Hospital Clinica Biblica in downtown San Jose, and Hospital CIMA in the suburb of Escazu, offer wellness and preventive packages as well as cosmetic surgery and all kinds of medical treatments. Both hospitals also offer truly affordable maternity packages as well. It is also worth mentioning that as an added bonus to foreigners, both the Clinica Biblica and CIMA accept a range of foreign insurance plans to meet the needs of their clients.

The quality healthcare available in Costa Rica isn’t just for medical tourists, however; residents are benefiting as well. In order to better serve the residents of Guanacaste, it was recently announced that there are plans to open a new private hospital near the International Airport in Liberia. Full details are yet to be released, but the new hospital will be affiliated with either Hospital Clinica Biblica or Hospital CIMA. Both hospitals have submitted proposals to build a new branch in Liberia, and it is safe to say that whichever hospital is selected to build in Liberia, the healthcare options that the new facility will bring to Guanacaste will be excellent and will benefit both residents and tourists alike.

Another exciting development for the region’s health needs is the recent addition of the San Rafael Arcangel Medical Center in Liberia. The first phase of the Medical Center was inaugurated in September 2006 with professionals in gynecology, pediatrics, general surgery, vascular surgery, urology, geriatrics, psychology and nutrition. The response was incredible and as the center continued to grow, many more professionals from new specialties asked to become part of the Medical Center. San Rafael Arcangel will soon offer medical services 24 hours a day in a wide variety of specialties. The last phase of the Center includes plans for the construction of a Medical-Surgery Tower with a baby delivery wing, a surgery wing, and a modern emergency service facility. The Center seeks to be the first option for medical care in Costa Rica after the private hospitals in San Jose.

Reasonably priced, good medical care is also available throughout Guanacaste’s coastal resort towns. Services such as Emergencias 2000, located in Huacas and Tamarindo-Villarreal and Coastal Emergency Medical Services, also in Huacas and Tamarindo-Villarreal offer 24-hour emergency medical services and consultations. Both clinics also have laboratories and their own ambulances. In addition, there are numerous other small medical clinics and dental clinics in the area that offer excellent care and there are several acupuncturists and massage therapists who practice in the area as well. With all of these services available nearby, residents and tourists can feel at ease knowing they will be taken care of should they become ill or experience an emergency situation here on the Gold Coast.

My family has used the services at Hospital Clinica Biblica in San Jose and we’ve also used the services of a couple of private clinics close to our home near Tamarindo. We have nothing but positive things to say about the care we’ve received in Costa Rica thus far. Our daughter was born at the Clinica Biblica in February 2008 and my husband and I both felt absolutely comfortable there and felt my daughter and I received top-notch care. In addition, several of the doctors we had contact with spoke English, which was an added comfort for me. To avoid having to travel all the way into San Jose, we now plan to take our daughter to a pediatrician at the San Rafael Arcangel clinic in Liberia for her check-ups. We are thrilled to know that we are saving money on our family’s medical bills without compromising the quality of care we receive.

The Gold Coast is experiencing an influx of foreign residents and healthcare options in the area are quickly expanding to meet the needs of all of Guanacaste’s residents. With an excellent private hospital coming to Liberia as well as more and more small private clinics available in the area, soon Gold Coast residents won’t even have to leave Guanacaste to receive the quality healthcare they need.

Source by Erin Tenorio

Why Is Plastic Surgery So Attractive In Thailand

Medical tourism has grown in leaps and bounds over the last few years as more people begin to embrace the idea of combining a holiday with a medical procedure. More and more countries are beginning to offer services to foreigners, but plastic surgery in Thailand continues to stand out as a great option to consider, and here’s why.

Price Surgery in Thailand – At a fraction of the cost of having the same surgery in Australia, you can see an internationally recognised surgeon and enjoy the hospitality Thailand is known for. You can choose to have all kinds of surgery here, from breast augmentation to liposuction and face lifts. In fact, the cost of surgery in Australia has continued to increase, making Thailand even more attractive.

Top quality professional service – Despite offering a lower rate, there is no more risk than if you had the same surgery in Australia. In fact, people have been making the journey from Down Under to Thailand for plastic surgery for years – a sure sign this is comparable to the services offered in Australia’s services.

Top of the line equipment – Rather than fear you will be treated with outdated tools, choosing a Thai hospital will mean you can benefit from the latest in medical instruments and innovation for the best possible outcome.

Comfortable amenities – You may not feel your best immediately after surgery and plastic surgery is the same. However, being ensconced in comfort will go a long way to improve your comfort levels and Thailand can offer this service – and with a view, too.

A holiday – Thailand can also offer much in the way of surgery, but another boon is that you can enjoy a holiday while you are recovering or even as you are preparing for surgery. Soak up the sun, experience the culture and revel in the opportunities here. The food isn’t bad, either.

We have all seen the media reports about the cost of Plastic Surgery in Thailand and the Cost of Dental treatment in Thailand are well below what we have been paying in Australia. But really is there a real difference once you factor the cost to actually travel to Thailand for flights and hotels for the duration of recovery. In short the answer still remains as, “Yes Thailand is Cheaper” when we compare that a cost of having Breast Augmentation is Australia can be upwards of $10,000 and in Thailand cost of Breast Augmentation is a mere $3800 AUD. A 10 day package to Phuket for flights and accommodation can be picked up for around $1400 per person these days. When we look at $3800 + $1400 is still only equates to $5200 well below the $10,000 almost half the cost in fact. The $10,000 cost for Breast Implant in Australia just gets me that the surgery! My $5200 Breast Implant Package to Phuket get me the surgery plus 9 nights accommodation, breakfast and flights to Phuket. We should be asking ourselves why is it that Australian Doctors are still charging such ridiculous fees for Cosmetic Surgery compared to other countries?

Source by Melanie Bawden