Malaysia with the support of the government is emerging as one of the top medical tourism destinations in Asia. The government of Malaysia has taken a proactive role in promoting the country for medical tourism. One of the ways the government is helping the medical tourism in the country is by implementing a Green Lane System in the main entry points of the country. The lane is being implemented by the Immigration Department of Malaysia to expedite clearance for medical travelers in the customs department to make the entry of the patients faster and easier.
Malaysia offers patients savings of up to 30%- 50% of the cost of medical procedures compared to the cost in other Asian countries such as Thailand. For example, a coronary bypass surgery usually costs between $11,000 and $13,000 in Malaysia. The same procedure is performed for as much as $20,000 in neighboring countries.
As part of the efforts to promote the country as a good medical tourism destination, the country will participate as exhibitor in the Healthcare Travel and Exhibition Conference that will be held in the Al Bustan Hotel in Dubai in November 2009.