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Top destinations for health tourism

Doctor with patient, Sime Darby Medical Center Subang Jaya - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Another popular destination for Indonesians is Malaysia. Patients Beyond Borders estimates that 80 percent of health tourists who traveled to Malaysia last year were from the nearby country.

The organization describes Malaysia as medical travel's best-kept secrets, "with fluent English spoken everywhere and cost-savings comparable to India, in less culturally jarring settings."

Around 670,000 people travel to Malaysia each year, typically for "executive" healthcare screenings in the cities of Kuala Lumpur or Penang. Patients Beyond Borders estimates that a full screening — including vision, dental, hearing and MRI and PET scans — will cost around $1,500.

Patients Beyond Borders