Another Asian country, Thailand, also made the International Living list
Scoring 95 points out of a possible 100, Malaysia took the top spot in the healthcare category of International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2019.
According to International Living, among the top six countries that obtained the best ratings in the category of Best Healthcare in the World, for this year, Malaysia ranked first; with its world-class healthcare services and sophisticated infrastructure.
Malaysia has 13 Joint Commission International (JCI)-accredited hospitals and almost all their doctors are fluent in English. Most doctors were trained in the UK, US, or Australia, according to their website.
Countries with the Best Healthcare in the World
Costa Rica and Mexico (tie)
The JCI is considered the gold standard in global healthcare assessment, and it certifies four hospitals in Kuala Lumpur—Malaysia’s bustling capital—and two in Penang.
Another Asian country, Thailand, also made the list. Coming in at number three, Thailand boasts a private healthcare system consisting of a large number of well-equipped, state-of-the-art hospitals.
Although there is no public health insurance available to expats in Thailand, there are several options to obtain private insurance from a variety of excellent companies, both domestic and international.
“Thailand leads the way in medical tourism for Southeast Asia,” says Michael Cullen, International Living’s Thailand Correspondent.
“That means quality, international standard hospitals—with well trained, English-speaking medics—are in all the major cities and regional towns right across Thailand.
“Dental and other health services are also well-covered; and all to that same high international standard.
“For expats living in Thailand it is sensible to have health insurance as there is no national system within the country they can tap into,” he said.
The World’s Best Places to Retire in 2019
International Living uses their network of editors, correspondents, and contributors all over the world to gather information and recommendations in order to create the index. Their categories for determining The World’s Best Places to Retire in 2019 include: finances, health, lifestyle, and governance.