Doctors in Malaysia

The Ultimate Guide to Doctors in Malaysia

Have you considered undergoing plastic surgery in Malaysia? With the country’s blossoming medical tourism industry, there are many modern facilities with internationally trained surgeons that can deliver first class treatments for a fraction of the prices back home.

Malaysia – In Brief…

Due to the biodiversity here, Malaysia is categorised as one of seventeen megadiverse countries in the world. The country is divided into two distinct parts, separated by the South China Sea: East Malaysia (Malaysian Borneo) and Peninsular Malaysia. The peninsular has a mountainous terrain, dense jungles and white sandy coastlines, whilst Malaysian Borneo makes up more than 50% of the country and is home to remote jungle-living tribes in the far north.

Malaysia was part of the British Empire up until gaining its’ independence in 1957 and several cultural influences are evident today, especially when it comes to the local cuisines. Whilst legal and government systems have retained their English influence, the state religion is Islam - although the constitution does offer protection for alternative religions. There are also strong Indian and Chinese influences throughout the country.

Thanks to its’ diversity of religions, cultures and landscapes, Malaysia provides a whole range of different experiences to its’ visitors. From outdoor pursuits such as scuba diving, mountain climbs and jungle trekking, to more sedate activities like guided tours, zoo trips or a round of championship standard golf, Malaysia has something to offer every tourist.

Where is Malaysia?

Malaysia is a country in southeast Asia. It has maritime borders with Thailand, The Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore, and also shares a land border to the north of the country with Thailand.

Why choose Malaysia for Plastic Surgery?


Many procedures are available for up to 70% cheaper than the price of the same treatment in your home country. For many, the cost alone makes undergoing surgery affordable and is a primary factor when choosing to travel abroad for their operation. Some examples of the savings that can be made in Malaysia are:

  • Breast Augmentation in Malaysia: average cost AUD $6,000, compared to AUD $16,500 in Australia.
  • Face Lift in Malaysia: average cost AUD $5,700, compared to AUD $26,000 in Australia.
  • Rhinoplasty in Malaysia: average cost AUD $3,700, compared to AUD $12,600 in Australia.

Medical Facilities:

The growth of medical tourism in the country spiralled in the late nineties as the government investigated alternative industries to boost the flagging economy that Malaysia was suffering due to the Asian Financial crisis. The Ministry of Health formed The National Committee for the Promotion of Medical and Health Tourism (NCPMHT) to work alongside private hospitals to promote medical tourism. The NCPMHT was replaced by the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) in 2009 and, along with the investment tax allowance introduced by the government, many private health care facilities are now members of internationally recognised schemes such as the Malaysian Society for Quality in Healthcare and the Joint Commission International, and boast the latest in medical equipment and technology.

Doctor Training and Qualifications:

With competition to attract medical tourists becoming increasingly fierce, more and more hospitals are adapting their services to accommodate the needs of foreign patients. Many doctors have trained abroad and speak English fluently, meaning that they can offer you the same quality of care and treatment as your doctors back home.

Tourist Locations for pre and post-op recovery:

Malaysia has long been a popular holiday destination for many seeking an exotic vacation in a unique and culturally diverse setting. With activities ranging from trekking and climbing expeditions to guided tours of historical sites, there is much for you to explore. You may, however, want to consider partaking of some of the more strenuous activities before you undergo your surgery, and use your post-op time for relaxing on the beach or around the pool back at your hotel.


Where to stay in Malaysia?

There are a wide variety of options to suit all pockets in Malaysia when it comes to finding accommodation. Most Malaysian cities, and especially tourist destinations, offer youth hostels and budget hotels with beds available from as little as AUD $10 per night. However, some budget options may not be particularly pleasant or reliable. YMCA’s are a safer option, as too are the budget hotel chain Tune Hotels that are affiliated with Airasia and have hotels throughout Malaysia.

For greater luxury, 3-4 star hotels are readily available everywhere and are generally reliable, with prices starting from around AUD $35 per night. If you are looking to stay in one of the larger cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru or Penang, you will find a good selection of resorts and service apartments, or five star hotel accommodation from about AUD $290 per night.

Is it safe?

Travelling in Malaysia is predominantly safe, although you should exercise the usual precautions that you would implement if you were visiting somewhere unfamiliar back home. Be discreet and avoid displaying any valuables whilst out in public, and be vigilant and aware of your surroundings.

The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have stated that visitors to Malaysia should employ normal security precautions. Over 570,00 Australian nationals visited Malaysia in 2014. The vast majority of these visits were trouble free, although isolated incidents of bag snatching and petty crime were reported. However, there is a high threat of kidnapping in the coastal region of eastern Sabah and travel to this area should only be undertaken if absolutely essential.

To minimise the impact of any incidents, protect yourself before you leave by taking out comprehensive medical and travel insurance.

How can I be sure the quality of care is the same as back home?

With the international training that many doctors in Malaysia have received, and the investment made by private clinics in the latest cutting edge technologies, the treatment and care available is every bit as good as you would expect back home.

Here at Medical Departures, we implement stringent measures to ensure that the doctors and facilities included in our listings meet the highest standards regarding equipment, safety and hygiene. Background checks are made to verify the validity of qualifications, professional associations and previous experience. We also carry out site visits and post patient feedback and photographs on our website to allow you to make the right, and safest, choice for your treatment.

What happens if something goes wrong? Do plastic surgeons in Malaysia have warranties or guarantees?

At Medical Departures, we understand that any treatment you choose will always carry some element of risk. We strive to minimise the possibility of errors occurring by insisting that our doctors and facilities are not only quality checked, but also that they possess the necessary guarantees and warranties.

This is a precautionary measure as the vast majority of treatments are carried out without any complications. However, in the unlikely occurrence of problems arising, you have the extra assurance of knowing that we will be there to provide the solutions for you. We can even arrange extra medical insurance through a number of independent providers to give you that extra peace of mind.

Do plastic surgeons in Malaysia speak English?

Whilst the national language is officially Malay, English is spoken by many locals due to the country formerly being part of the British Empire. Additionally, English is compulsory for all school children and is widely spoken in most establishments of further education. The language barrier is generally not a problem as most workers in professional or service industries are fluent in English. This especially true within the medical profession due to the international training undertaken by many doctors from Malaysia.

What payment methods are accepted in Malaysia?

Most establishments have the facility to process credit and debit card payments, but you may find that there will be a 3-4% handling fee applied to any transactions. Travellers cheques are accepted and there are ATM machines available for cash withdrawals, although you should check with your bank beforehand to find out what fees may incurred.

The official currency is the Malaysian Ringgit. It is recommended that you don’t exchange any currency in your home country as there are an abundance of FOREX booths in Malaysia to change your currency into Ringgits, and you will not need to present any ID for the transaction to take place. These booths generally offer a better exchange rate than your home country, and there are usually no fees or charges involved. One tip, however, is to try to ensure that your bank notes are in good condition as some booths may refuse any notes that are damaged.

When is the best time to visit a plastic surgeon in Malaysia?

For many, the timing of their trip to Malaysia is dictated by the local weather. The east coast is subject to the north-east monsoon between October and February, with torrential rain quite often leading to localized flooding. The south-west monsoon is milder and affects the west coast between April and October. If you are staying in Kuala Lumpur, you may be affected by both monsoon seasons, although the rain storms are much briefer in the city but can be pretty intense nonetheless.

Due to Malaysia’s close proximity to the equator, temperatures are consistently high all year round. During the day, the temperature will generally reach about 32°C/89.6 ºF although, in highland destinations, the temperature could be a more manageable 25°C/77 ºF. At night, you can expect temperatures of around 26°C/78.8 ºF, or 23°C/73.4 ºF during the monsoon season. On higher ground, you might experience temperatures as cool as 17°C/62.6 ºF.


Is Malaysia handicapped accessible?

In terms of access to transport and recreational facilities, parliament passed the The Persons with Disabilities Act (PWDA) in 2008. Amendments to building by-laws were also implemented, meaning that it is now compulsory for all buildings to provide disabled access and facilities.

The same cannot be said for the roads, however. Navigation can be tedious as cracks in the sidewalks, potholes and drain covers are common hazards for the wheelchair bound. Whilst some buses are wheelchair accessible, most are not and access to bus and train stations can also be a hindrance.

Probably the simplest way for disabled travellers to navigate Malaysia is by taxi, but beware of drivers that may charge extra for providing assistance to wheelchair users or transporting the wheelchair.

It is also worth noting Malaysia’s very strict anti-narcotic laws. Keep any medication that you have to take in it’s original packaging, a carry a verification note from your doctor to explain that you are on prescription medication.

What is the downside? What should I know about visiting?

Scratch and Win Scams are rife in Malaysia, so beware if you are told that you have won a prize but are asked for an advance payment in order to make your claim. You should also be wary of making card payments in smaller establishments. To avoid fraud, stick to using your card in reputable establishments only.

You should also be aware that if you commit certain offences in Malaysia you could be subject to a caning.

What else is there in Malaysia?

Malaysia provides the intrepid tourist with a plethora of tour and expedition opportunities. Malaysia has a fascinating history and there are historic and UNESCO wold heritage sites to exploare.There are treks available in the tropical jungle heat, or mountain climbs and walks to explore in the cooler climate of Mount Kinabalu or West Malaysia. For the less adventurous, there are local tours available to keep you close to the comfort of your hotel or, if you’re on a family vacation, there are a whole host of zoos to visit that will entertain both you and your children alike.

Outdoor pursuits include the scuba diving season which runs from April to September, with Sipadan being one of the most famous diving resorts in the world, and whitewater rafting is on offer throughout Malaysia in their many national parks. Golf fanatics can also enjoy spectacular golfing opportunities at world famous courses such as the Mines Resort and Golf Club and the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

Traveling to Malaysia

Malaysia is served by two international airports. Most flights will land at the main airport, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). There is a second airport twenty kilometers away, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA@2). This airport is generally only used by some budget airlines and a road transfer to the main terminal will be required.

Once in the country, budget carrier AirAsia offers a good range of flights to local airports. There are also comprehensive bus and train networks to help you navigate your way around, and there are plenty of taxis available - although not all are licensed so be careful when getting into a cab.

Tourist Visas

If you are a national of Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada or the UK, you are entitled to stay in Malaysia without a visa for a maximum of ninety days.

Distances and Flying times from other countries

Sydney, 4090, 8.25 hours
Auckland, 5425, 11 hours
London, 6590, 13.75 hours
Los Angeles, 8800 miles, 17.5 hours
New York, 9433 miles, 20 hours
Montreal, 9100, 28.75 hours

What now?

Have a look at our listings to find your surgeon and clinic.

See below for ways to contact us or to book your appointment. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Customer Care Team if you’d like to ask any questions about plastic surgery in Malaysia.