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Malaysia's hospitals attract patients from distant shores. (Photo: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images )

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Tourists are increasingly flocking to Malaysia and sun, but to visit the area's hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices. With the modern ease of traveling internationally, individuals can become "medical tourists, " seeking treatments of better quality and at lower costs by traveling to other countries. Malaysia's own government supports its image as a medical tourism destination. According to Health-Tourism.com, cosmetic and medical procedures in Malaysia can cost 25 to 90 percent less than in the United Kingdom.

The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council

As of 2009, Malaysia's Ministry of Health operates the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council, dedicated to improving and promoting health care within Malaysia for foreigners. The Ministry of Health's website includes an English-language guide for foreigners who are considering health tourism in the country. Online resources include a guide to hospitals offering medical care, with contact information, capacity statistics and a summary of specialties.

Treatments

Medical tourists travel to Malaysia for a wide range of services, largely depending on the state of health care in their home countries. The Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia outlines three basic medial tourism packages, a reflection of the many foreigners who travel to Malaysia seeking relatively basic treatments. The most basic package includes a full medical examination with a chest X-ray, electrocardiogram, eye test, comprehensive blood profile, lung function test and medical counseling. A female health package also includes a breast examination, pap smear and mammogram. A male health package includes an ultrasound for the prostate, liver, gall bladder, pancreas and kidneys.

Medical Tourism Facilitators

With the rising interest in Malaysia as a medical tourism destination, several companies have cropped up to serve as foreigners' liaisons and facilitators. Depending on the provider and the package, facilitator companies may pick up guests and arrange travel within Malaysia, book accommodations close to the hospital or clinic, engage translators or arrange online or telephone consultations with doctors prior to the trip. Depending on the nature of the treatment, a facilitator company may also provide nursing staff, assistants or chauffeurs for the recuperation period. For less minor medical treatments, the service may also act as a traditional tourist agency, booking leisure and sightseeing activities.

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2006-09-02 22:57:26 by guy-from-another-forum

It will be midsummer there. There are beaches but nobody gives a crap about what you look like in a swimsuit. It is very relaxed and there is a lot to do.
You could do the Bay of Islands for beaches, sailing, big game fishing or scuba diving.
Or Auckland is good for a city vacation. City stuff, go to the museum and aquarium, go up the volcanoes, out on the ferries to the vineyards on Waiheke Island or the bird sanctuary on Tiritiri Island, out to the west coast side for big surf, scenery and solitude.
Rotorua/Waitomo Caves/Taupo loop for adventure sports and the geothermal tourism stuff, hiking, or trout fishing

Agreed

2006-11-02 20:47:38 by --

I'd go for Peru, myself. Chile next. But definitely, need more details to give any helpful input. Argentina was less interesting to me than I expected -- I think Buenos Aires is probably pretty great if you want a city experience, but then I'm not sure how much there is for you outside of that. (Having said that, I haven't been to Bariloche, and would still plan to. But only as a side to a mostly-Chile expedition.) Costa Rica is great, but also has a seriously tourism-driven economy, and is really best if you want to do adventure tours/sports or just completely relax. Peru and Chile I like because there are just lots of options, at least as long as you don't crave a metropolis and want more culture, outdoors, whatever

Information about Nepal

2011-04-05 02:54:41 by advmaypoletreks

Nepal is a land of unparalleled scenic beauty located within one of the most diverse geographical areas on earth. Nestled high in the Himalayas between China and India, it has retained its essentially agrarian and medieval character. Its wondrous history and geography are still the defining aspects of everyday life.
Since Nepal first opened its frontiers to foreign visitors in the fifties, it has been the epicenter of Himalayan adventure activities. Climbing and trekking holidays in Nepal Himalaya has become highly sought after adventure sports throughout the world soon after the advent of tourism culture

Going to Peru? Ask a Native tour operator.

2006-08-01 17:43:25 by CuscoExpert

My family is from Cusco, Peru. (Your destination in order to visit Machu Pichu). I've lived in the SF Bay Area for fifteen years and I go to Peru at least once a year. This is my third year organising tours to Cusco and Machu Picchu. Because tourism is the main industry in Cusco most of my family and friends have been involved in tourism for many years. This gives me an insider look, and puts me in a great position to get the best values.
Cusco is one of my favorite travel destinations. There is something interesting for every body. Great history, magnificent architectural complexes, wonderful arts and crafts, beautiful music, exotic customs and traditions,unique scenery and wildlife, varied and exciting adventure sports, as well as a fun night life

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