Kuala Lumpur is home to the best and the most modern health care facilities in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is famous for tourists looking for cheaper options, which gave rise to the medical tourism in the country. But while the prices are competitively modest, the quality in health care, facilities, equipment and services in general are at par with Western health care standards. So, if you’re planning to visit, there’s absolutely no need to worry about risking your health in Kuala Lumpur, that’s for sure.
A few things worth remembering before you fly to Kuala Lumpur: you should visit your physician and get vaccinations for recent outbreaks and boosters for recommended vaccinations, and have a routine medical check-up. Check out the list below for further information and practical tips you can apply when traveling in Kuala Lumpur.
- Get the vaccines. The recommended vaccinations you should have when you’re going to Kuala Lumpur include Hepatitis A, Typhoid, MMR (or Measles, Mumps and Rubella) and Tetanus Diphtheria. It would also be helpful to have a signed immunization certificate from your doctor.
- Bring an adequate supply of medications. If you’re on a medication, make sure you bring an adequate supply that will last through your whole stay in the country. Although pharmacies are aplenty and highly accessible in Kuala Lumpur, some of the medicines you’re taking may not be available in the country. Carry medicines for common illnesses as well like diarrhea, headache and fever. Make sure you have everything labeled and have a physician’s letter handy about your medical condition and your medications if you have chronic medical problems.
- Bring a first aid kit. Needless to say, a first aid kit is essential when you’re traveling, especially when you’re traveling with kids. Alcohol, cotton and bandages are most important and should be in your kit. Bring something for motion sickness too, if you are susceptible to it.
- See to your health insurance. A responsible traveler would see to his insurance coverage for overseas travels. If your insurance does not cover this, ask about overseas coverage options and make sure you pack your insurance card with you.
- Arm yourself with the list of hospitals to go to for medical emergencies. The last thing you want is a medical emergency on your holiday, but the worst thing that could happen is having a medical emergency without knowing where to go to. It’s best to be prepared and have a list of health care facilities you can go to for medical crises. The top five hospitals in Kuala Lumpur that cater best to foreigners include the Hospital Kuala Lumpur in Jalan Pahang, Damai Service Hospital in Jalan Ipoh, Pantai Holdings Hospital in Jalan Bukit Pantai, Prince Court Hospital in Jalan Kia Peng and the Tung Shin Hospital in Jalan Pudu.
Nobody wants to end up in a hospital while on a holiday, but bad things can happen even in the best situations. Fortunately, Kuala Lumpur is generally safe. The last serious outbreak of a disease in the area to be reported was in 1999. And indeed, you can count on the medical staff, doctors and health care facilities to provide you with what you need on medical emergencies. So go ahead, enjoy your vacation and be in the best of health in Kuala Lumpur.