PETALING JAYA: Most netizens voiced agreement with an American publication’s findings which ranked Malaysia’s healthcare system as the third best out of 24 countries in its Global Retirement Index.
On Facebook, Mabel Kit Mei Lam was adamant that those who have lived overseas will have nothing but praise for Malaysia’s healthcare system: “I myself fly back for treatment/check-up when required. Not only cheaper, but faster. For this, those of you in our Bolehland, appreciate what you have, it is (the) best!”
Many heaped praise on their favourite healthcare providers, such as Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Penang General Hospital, and private institutions such as the Sime Darby Medical Centre in Subang Jaya.
As she thinks Malaysia has good doctors, Vanitha Anthonysamy did not dispute the survey’s results: “I live in the US and I appreciate what we have back home. To start healthcare is crazy expensive here and you must have insurance. If you are poor and can’t afford insurance, you just have to live with it or die. And the list goes on.”
Rohaiza Basir recounted a costly experience in the US: “A house call to our hotel in Los Angeles cost us US$250 (RM833). Another time, one visit to the doctor cost US$500 (RM1,669) and the meds cost us another US$500 at the Walgreens pharmacy,” said Rohaiza.
Adibah Saleh said the findings could only be appreciated by those who have experienced Malaysian healthcare firsthand: “My late father and sister were privileged to have been taken care unconditionally by these health professionals.”
After her sister passed away in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Adibah was asked to handle her burial first without being presented with the bill beforehand.
“When I went back two weeks later to pay, the officer was very sympathetic and I found the maximum payment was RM500. God bless these people.”