Malaysia’s Healthcare System Hailed

The STAR Published: Tuesday February 11, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM


PETALING JAYA: The country’s achievement at being rated third best in the world for healthcare services is something to be proud of, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.


He also gave credit to the boom in the country’s medical tourism sector through strategic investments on good medical facilities and competitive rates compared to other parts of the world.


“Medical tourism has benefited the Government in terms of foreign direct investments and also spin-off effects in the hotel and shopping sectors,” he said yesterday.


The Star Online reported yesterday that a study by the American publication International Living rated Malaysia’s healthcare system as the third best out of 24 countries in its 2014 Global Retirement Index, beating Spain, Italy, Ireland and New Zealand, among other countries.


The index, which was recently released by the Baltimore-based magazine, praised Malaysia’s healthcare, which scored 95 out of a possible 100 points, as the medical expertise of Malaysian healthcare practitioners is “equal to or better than what it is in most Western countries”, according to’s Asia correspondent Keith Hockton.


The top two countries, France and Uruguay, scored 97 and 96 points, respectively.


On the methodology of the index’s ratings, the magazine said both the cost and quality of healthcare were evaluated.


Another report in International Medical Travel Journal News reported that medical tourism receipts in Malaysia from foreign patients totalled RM509.77mil in 2011 involving 578,403 patients.


Dr Subramaniam added that Malaysia remained competitive with players like Singapore and Thailand and the focus was to consolidate the country’s position.


He said the key towards improving the overall healthcare sector would be to focus on the preventive and primary healthcare divisions.



Chemotherapy Facts

Chemotherapy, despite all the fears and misgivings associated with it, remains a very relevant treatment option for cancer. So what is chemotherapy?


According to Dr. YLM, chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that is used to destroy or kill cancer cells. It works by slowing down the growth of cancer cells or stopping them entirely. Cancer cells divide quickly and so chemotherapy targets them in their division phases.


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Taylor’s University and KLSMC Collaborate on Regenerative Medicine

Taylor’s University students from the health science division now have added choices in internship opportunities, student mobility programmes and partake in research and development activities, as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with regionally-renowned private medical institution, Kuala Lumpur Sports Medicine Centre (KLSMC).




Taylor’s University is the first and only private university in the Asian region to have a partnership with KLSMC, concentrating on regenerative medicine as part of their research and development syllabus.


The signatories for the MoU were Mr. Pradeep Nair, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Taylor’s University and Dr Edmund Ong Thiam Lock, Chief Executive Officer, KLSMC; witnessed by Dr. Stacey Yong, Representative from the School of Biosciences, Taylor’s University and Dr Ranjit Singh Gill, Director, KLSMC.






Mr. Pradeep Nair, in his welcome speech, said that the field of regenerative medicine is an emerging technology set to revolutionise the global healthcare industry. “In Malaysia, the subject of regenerative medicine is still in its development stage, but the future promises vast opportunities for research and the commercial market particularly from the aspects of sports medicine,” he said.


The collaboration with KLSMC will benefit both parties from the areas of research and development, as well as student and staff mobility. Taylor’s academics and postgraduate students will be able to conduct research in the areas of regenerative medicine and contribute to the general scientific community. Student mobility wise, Taylor’s medical students now have a choice to conduct their compulsory clinical attachment with KLSMC during their third year of studies.


Mr. Pradeep added that such opportunities will equip Taylor’s University’s graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge to make a difference in the industry locally and globally. “In fact, Taylor’s medical graduates may have an opportunity to engage with KLSMC in building their career in sports medicine,” he said.


Dr. Edmund Ong agreed that with the increasing demand of high quality healthcare services in Malaysia, there is a need to find new alternatives for future treatment of diseases and the innovation in regenerative medicine with stem cells can be the next answer.


“Taylor’s University is regarded as one of the most prestigious private universities with its long history in Malaysia, along with its numerous awards and accolades at both national and international levels. This strategic collaboration leverages on both parties’ expertise and experience with the aim of sharing and developing research and teaching for the future of the healthcare profession in Malaysia,” said Dr. Edmund Ong.


He also added that this collaboration provides a platform for Malaysians to fulfil their vision of using innovation as a Malaysia’s key driver towards meeting its aim of achieving a high income economy under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).


A one-stop private hospital for sports injuries, KLSMC’s services include orthopaedic surgery, physiotherapy, MRI imaging and hydrotherapy. The medical institution employs the latest technology in sports medicine and specialises in the conditions of the shoulder, knee, hand, foot, hip and spine. KLSMC opened its doors in 2005 and now attracts patients, doctors and medical referrals from all over the region.


KLSMC will be appointing some of their doctors to be adjunct academic staff in Taylor’s University, thus promoting sharing of knowledge and skills with the Taylor’s staff and students.


Taylor’s University’s health science division includes the School of Medicine (SOM), School of Biosciences (SBS) and School of Pharmacy (SOP). The first intake of the Bachelor of Medicine (MBBS) degree commenced in January 2012, whereas programmes in Biotechnology, Biomedical Science, and Food Science and Nutrition under the SBS will commence in March and August 2012. The School of Pharmacy’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) and Master of Pharmacy (Hons) programmes kick-off in September 2012.


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142 more AGE cases detected in Perak

A total of 142 cases of acute gastroenteritis (AGE, inflammation of the stomach and intestines) were detected in Perak on Sunday, bringing the total to 2,686 since the outbreak was reported in the state late last month.


Two infants, aged two and 10 months, have died in Hilir Perak and Batang Padang, due to dehydration after allegedly being infected by a water-borne virus known as rotavirus which causes AGE.


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Diseases and their names

Alzheimer’s disease, Cron’s disease, Down’s syndrome etc. These are the common names we often hear now and then. While most diseases tend to be given descriptive names – for example, polycystic renal disease, which is an illness affecting the kidneys (renal, from the Latin word for kidney, renes) caused by the growth of multiple (poly, a Greek combining form meaning “much, many”) cysts – some have been named after the doctor, or doctors, who first described them.


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Although there has been some controversy over whether this naming convention should be maintained – oftentimes there are doubts over whether the named doctor is indeed the original discoverer of the disease, and unlike descriptive names, eponyms really say nothing at all about the disease – there are still quite a few diseases that are known by someone’s name.



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Liow: Extended hours for people to seek medical help nationwide

Sixty public health clinics throughout the country are now on extended hours for people to seek medical help, even after office hours. Hours are extended from 5pm to 9.30pm on weekdays, and from 8am to 12 noon on Saturdays. On the other hand, more nutritionists and dieticians will also be sent out to the public health sector to tackle the problem of obesity amongst the public.



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Malaysia in Top 5 for Medical Tourism

Malaysia has become one of the members in the list of top five medical tourism destinations for tourists and foreign investor. This is because they could get quality medical services at a lower cost. Right now, the government would like to focus on improving four areas, which includes transforming healthcare delivery, increasing the capacity, coverage and quality of healthcare structure, and shifting towards disease prevention.
Source: New Straits Times, 23/03/2011 (Prime News, 11)

Use Grants to Promote Health, NGOs Told

The health ministry is urging the NGOs to apply for grants to organise health campaigns. The NGO had played an important role more than what the health ministry could have expected. The Ministry also had an action plan which will offer training to the NGOs to become experts in healthcare.