For emergencies, dial 999 from a landline or 112 if you're using a mobile phone.
Ambulance services are funded by the government and payment for transportation to an emergency hospital is not required. However, note that ambulances do not carry medical equipment and there is no paramedic service. Also be aware that there is no service provided from an emergency hospital to another hospital. You will have to make your own way there.
Kuala Lumpur has many hospitals, but the best public and private hospitals in Kuala Lumpur include:
Kuala Lumpur Medical Center
187, Jalan Ampang
Taman U Thant
50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
+603 - 2787 0866 / +6017 - 4760866
Hospital Angkatan Tentera Tuanku Mizan
53300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone:+60 3-4145 4200
Jalan Bukit Pantai
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+60 3-2296 0888
Prince Court Medical Centre
39, Jalan Kia Peng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
+60 3-2160 0000
Sunway Medical Centre
Jalan Lagoon Selatan,
Bandar Sunway, 46150
Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
+60 3-7491 9191
Tung Shin Hospital
102, Jalan Pudu, 50200 Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan ,Malaysia
+60 3-2012 1655
Malaysia is not short of pharmacies. Public hospitals and clinics operate their own pharmaceutical care, but there are also several private pharmacies. Opening times for pharmacies vary, with shops in major cities open late. Many of the private clinics also have their own pharmacies, which are often open 24 hours.
Pharmacies are well stocked and many drugs that require a doctor's prescription overseas are freely available in Malaysia.
There are two main pharmacies in Malaysia, Cosway and Guardian, which can be found in most neighborhoods but may be difficult to locate rural areas. To spot Cosway, look for a sign with a rainbow and write front. Guardian's sign has white front and with a blue and orange background. To locate a pharmacy, look for a red sign that says farmasi.
With so much to deal with before leaving your home country, (taxes, moving house, paperwork etc.) the careful planning of your expatriation to Kuala Lumpur is an essential step. As far as healthcare is concerned, your local social security scheme won’t be accompanying you to your host country and, once abroad, you might be surprised by the care system you find in Malaysia. So, before leaving, make sure you have appropriate cover!
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