Teething Prob­lems?

Let's Travel - - ASIA -

Were you one of many who gasped in pain on your last visit to the den­tist? Not be­cause of the work be­ing done or the sound of the drill, but rather the sight of your bill? I re­cently had a quote on some den­tal work and nearly fell off my chair! Hello…this was den­tistry, not a car pur­chase!

Faced with that out­lay, I be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing off­shore op­tions and it wasn’t long be­fore I dis­cov­ered the Malaysian Health Tourism Coun­cil (MHTC). Ooh, it had been a while since my last trip to Kuala Lumpur, so the wheels were set in mo­tion to visit again and get my den­tal work at­tended to.

The Malaysian Gov­ern­ment have long recog­nised the role of med­i­cal tourism and a min­is­ter from the Prime Min­is­ter’s of­fice re­cently pointed out that “Malaysia will con­tinue to strengthen its med­i­cal stan­dards and qual­ity of health care.” Malaysia of­fers high qual­ity care at an af­ford­able cost with ex­per­tise in Lasik, cos­metic surgery, IVF, full body scans as well as den­tistry. There is trans­parency in med­i­cal costs and, most im­por­tantly for off­shore vis­i­tors, strin­gent qual­ity con­trol by the Malaysian Gov­ern­ment. My vis­its to just a few of the clin­ics spe­cial­is­ing in cos­metic, Lasik and den­tal surgery re­sulted in an im­pres­sion of ef­fi­ciency yet warmth, clean and clin­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties, highly qual­i­fied prac­ti­tion­ers, and a fan­tas­tic com­mand of English.

On ar­rival in Kuala Lumpur, I was met at the air­port by my driver and whisked to my room at the Prince Ho­tel & Res­i­dence for a night of re­lax­ation post-flight. The next day, he drove me to DEMC where I had my Orthopan­to­mo­gram done (OPG’s or x-rays) as well as my ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion with the den­tal sur­geon, Dr Fir­daus. Two fur­ther vis­its over the next two days and my den­tal work was all taken care of … and my fi­nal bill was about a tenth of what I’d been quoted in New Zealand.

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