Health care in the United States leaves a lot to be desired.
In Malaysia, it’s a different story. Read below:
“Malaysia offers medical assistance to tourists and residents under the dedicated Malaysia free health care and medical assistance plan. This universal health care plan ensures that medical assistance is available when and as required. The Malaysia free health care and medical assistance plan is drawn from revenues that come out of tax and insurance coverage.” Read more here.
The infant mortality rate (IMR) is a standard in determining the overall efficiency of healthcare.
Malaysia’s IMR (number of deaths of infants under one year old per 1,000 live births) in 2009 was 8.9. USA’s IMR was 6.3.
If you have sickness and go to public clinic or General Hospital, you might have to wait in line for a little bit, but you only pay RM1 (clinic) to RM5 (Specialist @ GH) per visit. OMG! It’s soooo affordable.
I accompanied mom to GH for a body check up yesterday. Here’s a short report on the visit.
Guess how much my dad paid for his heart surgery?
USD 10k? USD 100K?
My dad had a heart surgery a few years ago (a spring was inserted into one of his heart arteries), and he paid a grand total of RM 200 (USD62). That’s including numerous check ups and medicines. Can you imagine how much you would need pay to have the same surgery in USA, without insurance?
I feel safer in Malaysia when it comes to health care. Everyone is protected here.
So, if I have a serious illness and can wait for a few days, I shall buy a ticket home (from USA to Malaysia) and get treated here. At least I won’t end up buried in debt after the treatment.