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Kuala Lumpur - Healthcare & Medical Treatment

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The tap water in Malaysia is generally safe to drink, but most expatriates prefer to install a filter system, or rely on bottled water service.

Expatriates will need to rely on a wide range of private hospitals and clinics for their healthcare needs. Ensure that there is sufficient coverage for international and private medical insurance during your stay in KL.

Private hospitals and clinics in KL are usually staffed by doctors who have had overseas education and training. Private clinics can be found in many shopping malls, business complexes and near residential areas. For more information about medical practitioners in KL, try the Malaysian Medical Council (www.mmc.gov.my; Tel: +603 8883 1400 / 8883 1410; email admin@mmc.gov.my; office address: Level 2, Block E1, Parcel E, Precinct 1, Federal Government Administrative Center, 62590 Putrajaya) that keeps a registry of doctors practicing in Malaysia. Alternatively, try the Malaysian Medical Association that supports the medical community practicing in Malaysia (www.mma.org.my, Tel: +603 4041 1375; office address: 4th Floor, Bangunan MMA 124 Jalan Pahang 53000 KL)

Most medications and medical supplies are available over the counter at pharmacies, but some medications are under a different brand and name. Some medications require a prescription. The popular pharmacies that are located throughout KL are Apex, Guardian Pharmacy, Watsons and Vitacare. To locate a pharmacy closest to where you are, you can try the search engine maintained by the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society website.

Dengue fever is among the common healthcare concerns in KL.

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