The easiest retirement visa in Asia. Malaysia has long been considered the gold standard for retirement visas in Southeast Asia with its Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) program. But the Philippines is trying very hard to knock Malaysia off its perch.Read More
Arriving at a hospital for medical treatment is never anyone’s idea of fun. But imagine this style of arrival. A valet parks your car while you are escorted to the International Business Lounge. Here a concierge handles your registration. A porter looks after your bags. Then you settle into a VIP suite with two bathrooms, a separate bedroom for your partner, a business room and a dining room.
This is luxury medical tourism. And it is already booming.
Planet Boomer has been doing some legwork for you and discovered Prince Court Medical Center in Kuala Lumpur has just been ranked as the number one hospital for medical tourists for two years in a row by the Medical Travel Quality Alliance.
Medical tourism is impacting all major Asian centers. Hospitals like Gleneagles in Singapore and Penang, Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok and dozens of others around the region all vie for the coveted status of a spot on the top ten list of the Medical Travel Quality Alliance. It guarantees a steady stream of well-heeled patients from the underserviced parts of the region (Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia) and all over the world. The ‘well heeled’ part is largely due to transportation costs as these facilities, with few exceptions, are inexpensive by any Western standard.
At Planet Boomer we take care to consider the quality of medical services in every country and every destination we review. Given we are writing primarily for a group of semi or full time retirees, we have always thought this is one of the key criteria for picking a destination that may be your new home. Who doesn’t want top quality medical care, at an affordable price, within easy reach of their home?
For two straight years the number one pick by MTQA has been Prince Court Medical Center in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
This 277 bed private hospital in the center of KL is more like a 5 star hotel than any hospital we can think of. There is concierge and valet service and every patient is assigned a Customer Relations Officer. After a painless registration a porter escorts you and your bags to your room.
Erica and David, both around 70 years of age and married for almost 50 years, wanted another life. So in March this year, after selling their property and putting a lot of their personal property into storage, they bought a one way ticket to Malaysia and immediately headed towards Ipoh, in the northwest of the country.Read More
In our book (Sell Up Pack Up and Take Off) we warn that the 'nominee' system of land ownership (where an Indonesian holds title) is a recipe for big problems if the law against foreign ownership of land was ever enforced. Well, there is a new government in Indonesia and they appear to be doing just that.
Check out the story from Bali Expat Facebook Page
WARNING FOR FOREIGNER .....NEED TO READ THIS.
As the law in Indonesia that foreigner is not allowed to own a property in Indonesia, now government said will check the status of the land in Indonesia especially in bali. Government said too many foreigner own property in bali now and they will check it slowly because government want to find the truth about the status of the land.
Government said, if the land is belong to foreigner, government will take the land / property and the land / property will be belong to government later. If the foreigner married with Indonesian people, without preup, they property might be will be belong to their wife / husband ( Indonesian people ) and their wife/ husband has the full right for the property ( means the foreigner / the local's wife/ husband ) can not get anything if they get divorce. This is the planning of government now and they will start it without telling anyone when they will start to check the status, because the government said many foreigner has hotel, restaurant, villa, etc and government don't want foreigner know about this.
Government said, this is to check the property status only and for now they don't impose sanctions to the foreigner who breaks the law ( own property in Indonesia ) but they only takes the property from the foreigner.
There was no choice – I had to replace my six front teeth. They were cracking. The enamel had long gone and no amount of bleaching could hide the yellowing tone. I was too embarrassed to smile for photographs. The dentist in Australia said he would do his best to keep the total cost down to USD$7,800. It would take weeks of dental visits (and temporary front teeth in the meantime) to complete the whole job of capping the six teeth. I was resigned to a long and expensive dental saga.
My friend Jay had another idea. Go to Thailand. The previous year Jay had been told that he needed several implants. And although he is the wealthiest friend I have ever had, he opted to have his dental work done in Thailand. During his misspent youth Jay had lived in London and befriended a young Australian model. That model, who still looks glamorous decades later, now lives in Bangkok and swears by her dentist.
But how do you make a dental appointment in Bangkok when you are sitting in regional Australia? No problem, it is all done online. I filled in the form, emailed it off and had a reply within the hour. Once the appointment time had been agreed, the receptionist wanted to know the address of my hotel. A car and driver would pick me up from the hotel and deliver me back after my visit. This sounded promising – and it was.
A Mercedes with a friendly English speaking driver collected me on time and thirty minutes later I was being offered a cappuccino in a very sophisticated dental surgery. There were several dentists and orthodontists in the practice, many of them US trained. My dentist was English speaking, very caring and blessed with a good sense of humour.
The end result – the most pain free dental appointment I have ever had (and that includes teeth polishing). The six front teeth were capped. They look marvellous. It took just two appointments and only five days with temporary teeth (which incidentally looked better than my original set). The cost all up was just over USD$2,350 – less than a third of my ‘rock bottom’ Australian quote.
The dental surgery I attended was Thantakit Dental Center in Petchburi Road. The website is www.thantakit.com.
Australians spend an estimated $300 million seeking medical and dental treatment abroad. Of course, not everyone has such an upbeat tale to tell – but my experience was a happy one. And now I can smile for photographs.