Hair Transplantation in Turkey

A Turkish plastic surgeon has promised better looks to foreign customers, who already come in droves to Turkey for hair transplants.

In an interview with Anadolu Agency at his clinic in Istanbul, Guncel Ozturk urged potential customers from abroad, including the Gulf to get their plastic surgery done in Turkey and “become more beautiful”.

Plastic surgery is one of the top reasons for medical tourism worldwide. Turkey has made strides in developing its medical tourism sector by implementing policies that facilitate tourists.

Ozturk said Turkey is among top 10 destinations for such operations in the world.

It is estimated that the number of tourists coming for medical tourism to Turkey was more than 700,000 last year. According to Ministry of Tourism and Culture data, there was an increase of 550,000 people from abroad who sought treatment at Turkish hospitals.

Turkey is even more advanced than Europe in plastic surgery and medical tourism, the surgeon said, adding the country has also invested in hotels and transportation to boost this sector.

The country also has specialists in rhinoplasty (nose jobs), abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and skin tightening, especially around the eye area.

Rhinoplasty is most popular among foreigners, he said.

He added that all cosmetic surgery and hair transplantation operations take place at Ministry of Health-approved hospitals and clinics in Turkey.

Already Turkish specialists are known world over for advanced hair transplantation techniques, including Direct Hair Implantation (DHI), Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), Gold and IceGraft.

Hair implantation techniques and terms are attractive and hospital terms in Turkey are very convenient, the surgeon said.

Tourists from the Gulf are mainly interested in hair transplants, he said. Many hair transplant customers come from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, U.A.E., Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon, he said.

Customers for hair transplants also come from Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Denmark and the U.K., he added.

He added the reason for this is the high quality of operations provided at competitive rates. In Europe, a hair transplantation can cost up to 10,000 euros ($10,971) while in the U.S. it exceeds $30,000, according to estimates.

People coming to this part of the world to seek better treatment is nothing new. Throughout history, Anatolia area has been known as a center of healing. Even Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing, is believed to be from this region.

During the time of the Romans, Hippocrates, known as the father of medicine, is also believed to have lived in Izmir, west of Turkey, before Christ.

*Ramez Elbany contributed to this report from Ankara.

Hair Transplantation in Turkey

On his to-do list for his trip to Istanbul, Palestinian tourist Jameel wants to visit the Blue Mosque and take a tour on the Bosphorus, like any other tourist.But he has one more, less conventional purpose — to have 1,500 strands of hair implanted one by one, in an increasingly popular anti-hair loss treatment in the Turkish metropolis.With over 300 clinics specialised in hair transplant alone, Istanbul is becoming a growing hub in the industry, attracting patients from all over the world but mainly from the Middle East and the Gulf.Experienced surgeons, advanced technology and relatively low prices are a plus for many tourists. And its growth in the last couple of years has come as a boon for a city where foreign tourism has fallen drastically since a spate of terror attacks in 2016.

Top 10 Hospitals in World

1. University of Pittsburg, Medical Center

The University Of Pittsburg Medical Center was founded in 1893.

It is a not for profit health enterprise. The University of Pittsburg is the academic partner of UPMC. It has over 62,000 staff employed in 21 hospitals. These hospitals have more than 5100 beds. This integrated global health enterprise that has over 400 clinical locations that include outpatient sites as well as doctors’ offices. It has a member health insurance division worth 2.3 million. Apart from this it also has commercial and international ventures. UPMC was also ranked 10 among the best hospitals by US News & World Report.

The flagship facility of the medical center is the Presbyterian Hospital which was established in 1893. The University of Pittsburg provided the Presbyterian Hospital with a portion of its land to construct a new hospital which was started in 1938. In 1949 a three tired mission was established which included patient care, education and research. The hospital name was also changed to Presbyterian University Hospital. This was done in order to reflect its association with the University of Pittsburg. The name was later changed in 1958 to ‘University of Pittsburg Health Center’ which comprised of Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Graduate School of Public Health; the Presbyterian, Woman’s, Children’s, Eye and Ear and Magee Hospitals; the Falk Clinic, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Child Guidance Center, Salk hall.

A number of notable physicians and researchers have been associated with UPMC. The most renowned among them are Jonas Salk who is known to have developed the vaccine for polio and Thomas Starzl who perfected the organ transplantation at this University.

The headquarters of UPMC are located in U.S. Steel Tower in Pittsburgh’s Central Business District. It is closely affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh but is legally separate from it.

No. of beds: 5100

Annual outpatient visits: 3900000 


2. The Cleveland Clinic, United States

The Cleveland Clinic is yet again not for profit organization that was founded in Ohio in the year 1921.

This organization has officially been given the title of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation popularly abbreviated as CCF. It is a multi-specialty academic medical center and has a number of affiliated facilities in Nevada, Florida, Ohio, Abu Dhabi and Canada. One of the major founding purposes of this organization is to integrate hospital and clinical care with research and education. This clinic is visited by nearly 5.1 million patients every year. It has a network of more than 3000 physicians and scientists devoted sincerely to serve all these patients.

The Cleveland Clinic was founded by four physicians. Their vision was to establish a group practice where members could share their expertise and specialization and also to foster an academic culture through innovation driven medical procedures. During the period from 1989 to 2004 the Cleveland Clinic increased the capacity of its buildings as well as doubled the number of patient visits. This was done by the addition of additional institute like the Cole Eye Institute, the Surgery Center, the Taussig Cancer Center, the Lerner Research Institute and a couple of hotels on the campus. All these efforts of the organization paid off and by 2005 CCF became the second largest private medical group in the United States. It had a big network of 1400 physicians employed in around 120 specialties and sub specialties. This network served nearly one million patients visiting the hospital for aid and treatment.

The Cleveland Clinic has also made a successful attempt for overseas expansion by opening the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi in 2015. This is a phased opening and once the construction of this clinic gets completed it will become one of the largest medical centers in the Middle East.

No. of beds: 1440

Annual outpatient visits: 5900000

3. School of Medicine, Sichuan University

Sichuan University School of medicine, also known as the West China University of Medical Sciences (WCUMS) is a national university of the People’s Republic of China.

It is administered by the country’s Ministry of Education. Situated in Chengdu, Sichuan, this medical school was founded in 1914. It was merged with the Sichuan University in the year 2000. This school is notably one of the top 5 medical schools in China. It has five divisions- Maternity and Child Hygiene, Clinical Medicine, Clinical Medicine, Allied Health Professions, Laboratory medicine and Higher Nursing Education.

It was also noted to be the only A rated school in China and also the only ‘evidence based medical center’ or Cochrane Center in Asia. The school has four hospitals affiliated with it. These are the West China Hospital, the Hospital of Stomatology, the Children’s and maternity hospital and the fourth university Hospital of Sichuan University.

The West China hospital is the largest hospital in the country. It has about 36 clinical departments, 25 open laboratories and 15 medical technology departments. It has about 6100 permanent staff which includes around 550 professors and associate professors. The West China Women’s and Children’s hospital comes under the immediate supervision of the country’s Ministry Of Health. Some of the notable centers of this hospital are the Prenatal Research Center, the China Birth Defect monitoring Center and the Emergency Center for children’s acute respiratory tract infection. It employs 406 staff members including 78 associate professors and 61 professors. In 2011 this hospital is noted to have performed 7600 deliveries and 22500 surgeries. The Hospital of Stomatology was established in 1985 and is the first of its kind in China. The number of outpatients served by this hospital annually is 400,000 while that of inpatients is 3000. The fourth hospital of Sichuan University was founded in 1917. Amongst all the medical universities in the country, it is the only specialized hospital for occupational diseases.

No. of beds: 4300

Annual outpatient visits: 400000

4. Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg is one of the largest hospitals in the world.

It occupies nearly 173 acres and has a total of around 3200 beds. The hospital is located in the Soweto area of the Johannesburg city of South Africa. With around 6760 staff members, this hospital is one of the 40 Gauteng provincial hospitals and is therefore run as well as financed by the Gauteng Provincial Health Authorities.

The history of the hospital dates back to 1941 when the Royal Imperial Hospital, Baragwanath was built in a place used for convalescing the Commonwealth and British soldiers. A hostel known as ‘The Wayside Inn’ was owned by John Albert Baragwanath during the late 19th century. This hostel was located near the hospital’s current location. It was noted by Field Marshal Jan Smuts that this facility would be used for the black population of the area once the war was over. After King George VI visited the hospital to present medals to the troops in 1947 this hospital began to be known as the Baragwanath hospital. The word ‘Baragwanath’ has a Cornish origin and means ‘Wheaten Bread’. Soon thereafter, the hospital earned the reputation of being the largest hospital in the entire Southern Hemisphere. The Baragwanath Hospital underwent another name change in the year 1997 when it was renamed as the Chris Hani Bragwanath Hospital. This was done in order to honour the leader of the South African Communist Party who was earlier assassinated in 1993.

The hospital now has grown into a sprawling facility with more than 2000 patients checking into the hospital’s out-patient departments and the specialized clinics daily. The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital is also a teaching for hospital for the University of Witswatersrand Medical School along with other hospitals like Helen Joseph Hospital, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital and the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital.

No. of beds: 3200

Annual outpatient visits: 730000

5. Clinical Center of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia

The Clinical Centre of Serbia is a unique medical institution which was formed as a result of merger of institutes and clinics of the Medical Faculty in Belgrade.

It came into existence on January 1, 1983. The Clinical Centre of Serbia is constituted of 28 institutes out of which 11 are surgical institutes and around 3500 beds. More than 30,000 interventions are performed by the institution every year. The employee strength of the hospital is more than 7500 including 1200 medical specialists and teaching staff. The Clinical Center of Serbia is located in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. The Center is also known to be that biggest hospital in Europe.

The Department for Hospital Epidemiology of the Center was established in 2001 and is the only one engaged in infection control in Siberia. This department has 3 epidemiologists as well as 14 full time infection control nurses. This clinical center is a teaching infection control centers in the country while the Department of Hospital Epidemiology plays a leading role in the entire national infection control campaigns and activities. Apart from inflectional control activities, the Clinical Center of Serbia is also in charge of control of sterilization effectiveness, selection of disinfectants and vaccination of HCW for the cure of influenza (HBV).

Apart from providing highly specialized health care to the entire population of Belgrade and the entire region it also performs a number of educational activities. These include regular and postgraduate education along with advanced training and research and development in a number of nuclear related activities. The Institute for Nuclear medicine is one of the units of the Clinical Center of Siberia. This unit performs nearly 300,000 radiological and 30,000 nuclear related analyses annually. Every year the Center admits over 91,000 patients and also performs around 6 million laboratory services.

No. of beds: 3500

Annual outpatient visits: 25000

6. New York-Presbyterian Hospital (New York City)

The New York-Presbyterian Hospital is a major non-profit teaching hospital located in New York City.

It is a university hospital and is affiliated with two medical schools of Ivy League namely, Columbia University’s college of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medical College. With a total of 2478 beds, it is one of the largest hospitals in the United States. It is composed of two Medical centers namely, Weill Cornell Medical Center and Columbia University Medical Center.

The origins of this hospital date back to 1771 when the New York Hospital was founded by Samual Bard, an Edinburgh Graduate and is therefore the second oldest hospital in the USA after the Pennsylvania hospital which was founded in 1751. It became associated with the Weill Cornell Medical College upon its establishment in 1898. On the other hand the Presbyterian hospital was founded by James Lenox in 1868. James Lenox was associated with the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. It was on January 1, 1998 that the New York hospital was merged with the Presbyterian hospital and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital came into existence.

The New York- Presbyterian Hospital provides a variety of services and is renowned for its cancer program. More than 48000 patients are admitted to this hospital and nearly 38500 inpatient and 39400 outpatient surgeries are performed every year. Also more than 13,700 births take place annually in this hospital. Adults as well as children in the psychiatric emergency receiving center, burn center and level I trauma center for the New York City are provided with emergency care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This hospital also serves as an emergency transfer, receiving and stabilization center through its high risk neonatal transport service.

No. of beds: 2478

Annual outpatient visits: 1000000

7. Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad India

The Ahmedabad City Hospital is noted to be the largest hospital in Asia.

Located in the city of Ahmedabad, it has facilities for specialized therapeutic, diagnostic and rehabilitative patient care. The entire complex is spread across 110 hectares of land and consists of a number of reputated and prestigious institutes as well as allied hospitals like the Gujarat Medical Council and the Gujarat Nursing Home. The Ahmedabad Civil hospital is also noted to be the oldest but at the same time the most modern hospital in India. It treats nearly 6 to 6.5 lac outdoor patients and admits around 70,000 patients annually. Approximately 26,000 surgeries and 6500 deliveries are performed annually in this hospital. A proposal has also been made to obtain the help of World Bank to increase the capacity of the hospital to 4800 beds. This plan is likely to add two new medical colleges that would in turn create 500 additional seats.

The Ahmedabad Civil hospital has a history of 160 years since its inception in 1841. Later some great figures of charity like Sheth Shri Hathisingh and Prembhai donated for free health services and treatment and as a result of which the Old Civil Hospital came into existence in 1858. The Ahmedabad Medical School was started in 1871. With the help of donations from renowned people and public a series of other facilities were also started. Another Medical School, now known as the BJ Medical College was started in 1879. In the same year a new block called ‘Wylie Ward’ was added. An eye hospital and an outdoor patients section were started in 1900. Later a Maternity Unit was also added. The Old Civil hospital was then shifted to the New Civil hospital in the Asarwa area of Ahmedabad on November 2, 1953. The present building was constructed by the Government for the treatment of the increasing number of patients.

No. of beds: 2000

Annual outpatient visits: 650000

8. Montefiore Medical Center

A teaching Hospital (University Hospital) of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Montefiore Medical center is located in the Bronx, New York City in the United States.

It is a not for profit hospital which is also known to be one of the 50 largest employers in the New York State. This hospital provides a number of services for the residents of New York as well as other states. These services include Joint replacement, radiation therapy, cardiac surgery, spine surgery, organ transplant certified by Medicare and hyperbaric medicine.

The Montefoire Medical Center was founded in 1884 in Norwood. The leaders of the Jewish Community of New York made it the home for tuberculosis patients. The mane of the hospital was kept in the honor of Moses Montefiore. The Montefiore Medical Center is known to have established the first departments of home health care and social medicine in the United States. The hospital also established a new pediatric hospital called the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore abbreviated as CHAM. The hospital made history and topped the international headlines by separating the conjoined twins of the Philippines, Clarence and Carl Aguirre by performing a series of successful surgeries.

More than 85,000 inpatient stays are provided by the hospital annually. This figure also includes nearly 7000 births. Over 73,400 patients are admitted in the emergency rooms every year and there are more than 337,200 visits annually. The hospital notably performs approximately 17,500 inpatient surgeries per annum. The Emergency Department of the Montefiore Medical Center is also amongst the five busiest emergency departments in the United States.

The Montefiore Medical Center is a renowned teaching hospital and has a teaching cancer program of its own. It has an active involvement in specialty and subspecialty programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

No. of beds: 1490

Annual outpatient visits: 400000

9. Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida, United States

The Jackson Memorial Hospital also abbreviated as the ‘JMH’ is a tertiary care non -profit hospital.

The JMH is the University hospital of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. This university is located in Miami, Florida in the United States. The Miami-Dae County owns and operates it through its Public Health Trust. The Miami-Dade County residents support the hospital through a half cent sales tax. Also the Civic Center Station and the Metrorail rapid transit system directly serve the Jackson Memorial hospital. Located close to the Civic Center of Miami, the Jackson Memorial Hospital complex consists of a number of medical centers and schools of medicine. Some of these medical centers are the Miami VA Medical Center and formerly known as the Cedars of the Lebanon Medical Center, the University of Miami Hospital.

The Jackson Memorial hospital is notably the third largest public hospital as well as the third largest teaching hospital in the United States. The hospital has a number research affiliates and laboratories. These include the National Parkinson Foundation and the Um/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center .Other affiliates and include the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the Diabetes Research Foundation and Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital. With beds totaling to 1550, this hospital is Miami-Dade’s the only Level 1 Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, the Ryder Trauma Center.

The Jackson Memorial Hospital was first opened in 1918. It offers a wide variety of educational programs and services and is also a space for health related community services and clinical research. The Intensive care unit of this hospital has a 66-bed capacity and is known to be the largest intensive care unit in the whole state. The Jackson Memorial Hospital is also the only hospital in Florida that performs every kind of organ transplant.

No. of beds: 1550

Annual outpatient visits: 308500

10. Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis

Located in the Indianapolis, United States, the Indiana University Heath Methodist Hospital is the largest hospital in the state of Indiana.

It is a part of the Indiana University Health and with 802-staffed beds it is also one the largest teaching hospitals in that area.

There is a number of treatment areas in which the hospital specializes. These include the adult cardiovascular services, neurosurgery, urology, organ transplantation, neurology, pediatrics and orthopedics. Various cutting edge technologies are used by the physicians at the Methodist Hospital. These include the Intraoperative MRI, the da Vinci surgical robot, Alaris Infusion pumps and RetCam. The hospital created history in 1965 when the first open heart surgery in Indiana was performed by the Methodist physicians and staff. The Life Line helicopter ambulances are staffed by the Methodist hospital. This hospital is also known to house the Indiana Poison Center. The Methodist hospital also happens to be the Indiana Motor Speedway’s official hospital. All the drivers that are injured on the Brickyard 400 or Indianapolis 500 are rushed to this hospital for their treatment. There are only two regional Level I Trauma Centers in the state of Indiana. The Methodist Hospital happens to be one of those two Level I Trauma Centers.

The Methodist hospital has received a number of awards and recognitions for its commitment to excellence in service. It has been ranked as the top hospital for safety and quality in the United States for four consecutive years from 2007 to 2011 by the University Health Consortium. The U.S News and World Report have also ranked it among the top 50 national programs in ‘America’s Best Hospitals’. In recognition of its high quality clinical outcomes and excellent nursing services, the Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital has been designated as a Magnet Hospital.

No. of beds: 802

Annual outpatient visits: 320600


Top Hospitals in Malaysia


1. Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur

Situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur along Jalan Ampang, Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur is a leading medical centre, which consists of a 330-bed tertiary care hospital as well as a separate building, which houses 110 specialists’ consultation suites and a 180-seat auditorium for talks.

The hospital also has Centres of Excellence dedicated to women and children, cardiology, orthopedics (trauma, joint replacement and spine), neurology (brain and spine) and oncology (cancer treatment).

Besides that, the hospital also provides Melbourne Fertility Services (MFS), which was founded in 1993 as a joint venture between fertility specialist Dr. Jean Woo and Melbourne Fertility Services in Australia. This centre services patients in need of fertility treatment and is highly reputed for the consistent results they achieve, their considerable experience in the field and for always being fairly and competitively priced.

Besides providing medical services, this hospital also has other services for their increasing influx of international patients. Alongside that, Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur is part of the international Parkway Pantai hospital group, and has a network of 14 hospitals across the country.

Address: Block A & Block B, 286 & 288, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2. KPJ Tawakkal Specialist Hospital

Established in 1984, Tawakkal Hospital is part of KPJ Healthcare Berhad, which has over 20 specialist hospitals nationwide. This reputable medical centre is located along Jalan Pahang in Kuala Lumpur. Besides providing state-of–the-art diagnostic and treatment facilities, this hospital also accommodates well-equipped operating theatres, an intensive care and coronary care unit, maternity unit, laboratory, physiotherapy, 24-hour accident and emergency unit, haemodialysis centre, cardiology facilities and medical screening.

The medical facility also has a qualified and experienced team of both resident and visiting medical consultants supported by a dedicated team of nursing and paramedical staff. With its increasing number of foreign patients, the hospital also provides interpreters’ services in several languages such as Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin and Indonesian.

Address: No. 1 Jalan Pahang Barat, 53000 Kuala Lumpur

See also: RM1 Billion Investment In New Hospitals By KPJ Healthcare

3. Optimax Eye Specialist Hospital

Optimax is widely known as Malaysia’s pioneer in the well-established laser refractive surgery (LASIK), a procedure that reduces patients’ dependency on contact lenses and glasses. Located at Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, the specialist centre has been operating since 1995 and caters to both local and foreign patients with eye problems such as cataract, glaucoma, medical retinal diseases and pediatric ophthalmology.

Dedicated to providing more advanced eye care services, this hospital is well-equipped with a state-of-the-art operating theatre, treatment rooms and in-patient facilities. Optimax has expansive network of branches nationwide, and the eye specialist centre is also affiliated with Optimax United Kingdom, the largest Laser Refractive Surgery provider in the United Kingdom.

Address: Unit 2-2-1, Bangunan AHP, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 3, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur

4. Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur

As the pioneer of the well-established Pantai and Gleneagles chain of hospitals, this hospital was first established in 1974 within the cozy, residential area of Bangsar. The hospital was the second private hospital in Malaysia to be awarded the Joint Commission International (JCI) Accreditation for a second consecutive term.

Equipped with 331 beds and a team of 200 qualified medical consultants, this medical centre is well-known for its cancer, cardiac, hand and micro surgery and spine centres. Currently, the hospital’s cancer unit has emerged as the first radiation oncology centre to have introduced an advanced form of radiation treatment, which is more accurate with lower dose and shorter treatment time for cancer patients.

With its high influx of medical tourists, the hospital first launched its International Ward & Lounge in 2007. This facility offers amenities and services featured in 5-star hotels and are especially dedicated to foreign patients and expatriates. The Pantai group of hospitals has an expansive network of hospitals nationwide, and are premier destinations for medical tourism with prices for treatment about considerably lower than in the US, Europe, Australia and Hong Kong.

Address: Jalan Bukit Pantai, 59100 Kuala Lumpur

5. Prince Court Medical Centre
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Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Prince Court Medical Centre is a resort-styled hospital, which was named the world’s top hospital for medical tourists in 2013 and 2014, according to the Medical Travel Quality Alliance. Aspiring to be Asia’s leading healthcare provider, this 277-bed medical facility provides world-class facilities and excellent customer service, bringing it to international standards.

Prince Court Medical Centre also offers comprehensive family-centered healthcare services. Some of the key services provided by the hospital are burns management, cancer, gastro disease, interventional cardiology, IVF, nephrology, occupational health, orthopedics and rehabilitation medicine services.

As a premier destination for medical tourists, this hospital receives foreign patients from all over the globe ranging from countries such as Singapore, Bangladesh and Indonesia to New Zealand and the UK, and even African nations such as Somalia.

Due to its high number of international patients, the medical centre has created an International Business Lounge, which is a team of staff specially appointed to cater to the needs of all foreign patients. The team offers a variety of services such as arrangements for airport transfers, city tours for accompanying family and friends, supporting documents for visa extensions, flight arrangements, interpreters and so on.

Address: 39, Jalan Kia Peng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

See also: Prince Court Medical Centre at the Heart of Modern Medicine

6. Columbia Asia Hospital, Bukit Rimau
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Located in the highly populated residential area of Shah Alam, Columbia Asia, Bukit Rimau, offers treatments in a wide array of specialties which include cardiology, pediatrics, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, rheumatology and urology. Besides that, the hospital also provides niche subspecialty services such as total knee replacement surgery, arthroplasty and sports injury.

Being a leading private healthcare facility, the hospital houses the latest advancements in medical technology with a dedicated team of over 30 highly experienced specialist consultants. Columbia Asia also provides a good atmosphere for recovery and rejuvenation of its patients due to its peaceful suburban location, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The hospital is part of the well-established and regionally renowned Columbia Asia Group, which currently boasts a network of healthcare facilities (hospitals, clinics and extended care facilities) in Malaysia, India, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Address: 3, Persiaran Anggerik Eria, Bukit Rimau, Seksyen 32, 40460 Shah Alam, Selangor

7. Parkcity Medical Centre
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Opening in December 2012, Parkcity Medical Centre belongs to the Sime Darby Healthcare Group, which is currently known as the Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care Group following a merger with the Australian company Ramsay Health Care Limited.

Located amidst a lush natural environment at the juncture of Bandar Manjalara Kepong and Desa Park City, this medical facility aims to be the centre of excellence in women, children and the elderly’s health. It is positioned as a centre of excellence in these three areas focusing on breast oncology, child development, and the treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes.

Facilities here include a multi-storey podium block for full-service outpatient clinics and advanced diagnostic services, a multi-storey ward tower, operating theatres, critical care unit, delivery suites and endoscopy suites.

Catering to international patients, there is an International Patients Centre (IPC) which provides an array of services exclusively for medical tourists. These services include appointment scheduling, assistance with travel arrangements and visas, accommodation, airport transfers, medical referrals and translation services for various languages.

Besides the Parkcity branch, the Sime Darby Healthcare Group also has two other private hospitals; Subang Jaya Medical Centre and Ara Damansara Medical Centre.

Address: No. 2, Jalan Inti Sari Perdana,, Desa ParkCity,, 52200 Kuala Lumpur

8. Sunway Medical Centre
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Located at Bandar Sunway, Sunway Medical Centre (SunMed) started its operations in 2009. Being one of the foremost private healthcare facilities in the country, this medical centre offers a comprehensive range of medical services from wellness centers to aesthetic and laser centers and eye centers.

Facilities in the healthcare centre include medical technologies for outpatient and inpatient specialty care, a total of 350 beds, more than 100 consultation sits and 12 operating theatres. The centre also has an International Patient Centre (IPC) which provides a range of services for medical tourists ranging from interpreters services to appointment scheduling services and concierge services such as flight and hotel bookings.


9. Tropicana Medical Centre
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Located at Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Tropicana Medical Centre is a tertiary healthcare centre, which offers a range of medical services such as children and women healthcare, fertility services, ENT, and head and neck laser procedures. Besides that, the centre is equipped with the latest medical technology and houses a team of over 70 commendable consultants from various specialties and sub-specialties.

The medical centre also has an International Patient Centre (IPC) which caters to the needs of overseas and outstation patients. Services provided by this centre include appointment scheduling services, accommodation and flight arrangements, translation services and a variety of other services.

Address: 11 Jalan Teknologi, Taman Sains Selangor 1, PJU 5, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

10. National Heart Institute
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The National Heart Institute is located along Jalan Tun Razak in close proximity to the KPJ Tawakkal Specialist Hospital. Established in 1992, this healthcare centre specializes in delivering heart care related services to heart patients. It provides an array of treatment options from simple surgeries to major surgeries requiring transplants.

Besides that, the hospital is also equipped with the latest technological advancements backed by a team of highly qualified heart consultants.

The National Heart Institute has a team of staff specially dedicated to serving foreign patients at their International Patient Centre (IPC). Services at the IPC include visa and immigration arrangements, medical coordination such as the scheduling of appointments and referrals and assistance with hospital admissions and discharges.

Address: 145 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia’s Top Hospitals


National Heart Institute
KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital
Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur
Nilai Medical Centre
KPJ Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital
Ramsay Sime Darby Subang Jaya Medical Center
Ramsay Sime Darby Ara Damansara Medical Center
Beacon Hospital
Dentalpro Dental Specialist Center
International Specialist Eye Center Malaysia
Smile Arts Dental Clinic

Airlines are promoting Medical Tourism

As the trend of traveling abroad for more affordable or higher quality medical treatment gains momentum, All Nippon Airways, Turkish Airlines and Malaysia Airlines are fueling the medical tourism industry by offering discounts for passengers traveling for health purposes and partnering with medical centers and travel councils.

Increasing numbers of citizens from all over the world are traveling abroad for high quality, competitively-priced and alternative medical treatment not available or unaffordable in their home country. Popular procedures range from cosmetic surgery and dentistry to weight loss procedures; many patients travel for scans and tests or to get second opinions.

Airlines are fueling the industry by offering discounts for passengers traveling for health purposes and partnering with medical centers and travel councils. ANA is targeting Chinese travelers seeking healthcare in Japan with travel packages, including airfare and accommodation for those heading to partner medical centers. Turkish Airlines has offered flights at half price to medical tourists, while Malaysia Airlines has partnered with the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council to market Malaysia as a premier healthcare destination.

Medical tourists travel all over the world, with Asia as well as South and Central America being popular destinations. These countries offer affordable, available medical care in a holiday-like atmosphere. Top medical tourism destinations include Mexico, Singapore, India and Thailand due to the quality of care options and the luxury of recovering in a warm climate. The Philippines is also growing its medical tourism industry due to the growing number of English-speaking practitioners.

While much medical tourism is for optional or desired procedures, some travel for life changing treatments, either not available or with unattainable waitlists in their home countries. Carmen DeFoy, director of WAMS, a not-for-profit organization in Canada raising funds for multiple sclerosis sufferers to receive treatment abroad, traveled to San Diego for treatment in 2010. “After being diagnosed in Canada I felt like alternative therapy was my only option,” she said. “The CCSVI treatment [an angioplasty procedure], was not available in my home country. It was successful and now I work towards helping others achieve the same relief.”

Kashmir to promote Medical Tourism

The apex committee of Tourism Department today briefed the experts from the Union Ministry of Tourism about the ongoing work on different projects under PMDP and PMRP at SKICC here.

The Secretary Tourism and Floriculture Farooq Ahmed Shah briefed the members about the works being carried under the PMDP and PMRP particularly about the integrated Development of tourist facility at Lal Chowk-Khayam-Batmaloo-Bemina-Badamwari orchard, Lakhanpur-Bhasoli-Bilawal-Ranjit Sagar Circuit, Integrated Development for model villages in a circuit mode and Integrated Development of religious Places ;shrines heritage sites -forts .

The secretary was accompanied by Director Tourism Kashmir, Jammu, MD Cable Car Corporation, Joint Director planning and other officers of the Tourism Department were present in the meeting.

Mr Shah later gave a presentation to the delegates who are presently participating in a National Scientific Conference on Communicable diseases. Saying that Kashmir is best destination for organizing Medical Conferences and events, Mr Shah impressed upon the delegates to initiate projects and Programes for Medical Tourism here in future as well