Country: Malaysia is in Asia and consists of 13 states and three federal territories. It is separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions: Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. Its capital city is Kuala Lumpur and the population is approximately 24 million. The majority of people live in Peninsular Malaysia. Malay is the national language, but English is widely spoken.

To access emergency services: Dial 112

Currency: Malaysian ringgit (MYR)

Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Malaysia, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.

Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.

It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.

Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers

What to expect in a Malaysian hospital: All private medical facilities in Malaysia are required to be licensed under the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998 and work closely with the Ministry of Health, which monitors compliance and establishes benchmarks and regulations for quality assurance. Over the years, Malaysia has improved its health care infrastructure and quality while keeping prices low.

Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.

JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Malaysia: To read about specific facilities that are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.

Malaysia-specific helpful health resources:

Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices. 

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