Health in Penang is so good for tourists it is considered the leading medical tourism hub in Malaysia. Penang has a growing medical tourism industry, which means foreigners come here primarily to visit the hospitals and health care centers, in addition to shopping, sightseeing and the beach, of course.
Hundreds of thousands of tourists come to seek medical treatments at Penang’s world-class hospitals. Most of these international guests are Indonesians since they share a common language, culture and cuisine. Medical treatment and facilities in Penang rival those in Europe and the United States in terms of quality, yet they are much cheaper, about five times less expensive. More and more foreign patients come here each year, and today, medical tourism in Penang is raking in hundreds of millions of US dollars annually.
Meanwhile, as international patients enjoy quality yet affordable medical services in Penang, their family members or companions get to enjoy everything that Penang has to offer. Shopping and dining here are among the best in Asia. Penang is clearly one of Malaysia’s top tourist destinations. It is called by many as the “food haven of Malaysia” for its delicious international cuisine widely served in street corners. Penangites (local residents of Penang) love to eat.
The most important tourist destination in Penang is Georgetown, practically a living town museum. Georgetown is littered with charming century-old colonial buildings. There a number of 19th-century churches, temples and mosques, as well as houses and shops that were built before the Second World War. Tourists are just truly dumbfounded seeing Georgetown for the first time. It is included in UNESCO’s prestigious list of World Heritage Sites.
Penang is a highly developed cosmopolitan town, and yet maintains its laid-back island appeal. It has a steady economy, which is in fact one of the best in Asia. In 2007, the Island Magazine voted Penang as among the “20 Best Island to Live On”.
There is a great amount of confidence for foreign tourists walking the crowded streets of Penang, knowing that this Malaysian state is known to have the best medical and health facilities in the country. Its hospitals are highly recommended and sought after internationally. Known to have a well educated community, Penang doctors, nurses and medical practitioners are among the best in the world. They are highly educated, trained, and certified in the US, Europe and Australia.
The local state government of Penang credits the private hospitals for maintaining top quality services and allowing the city to enjoy the international prestige that it now has. Under the supervision of the Penang Health Association, private hospitals work together in ensuring good health in Penang by pooling common resources in order to promote and advance medical tourism. Two of the leading hospitals are the Gleneagles Medical Centre Penang, which has a fully equipped cardiovascular unit, and Penang Adventist Hospital, which belongs to a huge global network of Adventist hospitals in the world, about 500 medical centers, including the well-known Loma Linda University and Medical Centre in California, USA. Penang Adventist Hospital is known for its capability of performing Micro-vascular, Coronary Bypass, Laser Heart Surgery (TMR) and open-heart surgery.