Medical tourists coming to Malaysia in thousands

by The New Straits Times ,  AsiaOne | 2008-08-04

TWO Bangladeshi teachers have proved that you don't have to be rich and famous to be able to afford quality medical care while having a good time in Malaysia.

Khaleda Mariam Sajjad, 55, and Faridah Moni Shahidullah, 65, were the first Bangladeshis to visit the country as health tourists after Malaysia Healthcare (MHC) set up its office in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on June 5th.

They took advantage of the "Lifestyle Healthcare Package in Malaysia" offered in conjunction with the launch of the Malaysian Health Care office and its website by MHC, Tourism Malaysia and Newport Holidays.

Khaleda, a mother of two, said: "I knew I was suffering from arthritis for the past two years but after a thorough checkup, I was told I also suffer from osteoporosis.

"The orthopaedic surgeon told me that bone degeneration was eating into my hip bone.

"He prescribed medication to slow down the degeneration. I will be keeping in touch with the doctor through email about my condition."

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