Sunway Medical Centre (SMC) is emerging as a top choice for Filipino medical tourists in Malaysia seeking world-class healthcare services.
This quaternary and regional tertiary care private hospital, strategically located in the integrated sustainable township Sunway City Kuala Lumpur, serves more than a million patients annually and receives more than 60,000 international patient visits from 170 countries, including the Philippines.
Established in 1999, Sunway Medical Centre is Southeast Asia’s pioneer hospital to earn accreditation from the esteemed Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS).
Boasting an impressive infrastructure comprising 28 centers of excellence, a substantial capacity of 724 beds, a roster of over 300 specialized medical professionals, and a comprehensive offering more than 60 medical specialties, complemented by 18 licensed operating theaters, SMC represents healthcare excellence in Malaysia.
The hospital is known for its critical medical disciplines such as cancer care, hematology, state-of-the-art targeted radionuclide therapy, cutting-edge robotic-assisted surgery, life-saving bone marrow and kidney transplants, intricate pediatric cardiac surgeries, advanced orthopedic interventions, specialized gastroenterology and hepatology care, intricate neurology, and neurosurgery procedures, pioneering cardiac and vascular treatments, and comprehensive women and children services, among a myriad of other specialized medical fields.
As the recipient of international recognitions such as Medical Tourism Hospital of the Year in Asia-Pacific and International Hospital of the Year, SMC has positioned itself as a premier destination for healthcare seekers from the Philippines for its top-notch healthcare services.
SMC also ranked as a top hospital for pediatrics services in Malaysia, according to the Best Specialized Hospitals Asia Pacific Newsweek 2023 rankings. Additionally, SMC is ranked 28th for pediatrics within Asia Pacific and is ranked within the top 75 hospitals in Neurology, Cardiology, and Oncology.
Filipino families seeking specialized pediatric care can find care in SMC’s expertise and compassionate treatment.
One of the standout features of SMC is its top-ranking pediatric services, as acknowledged by the Best Specialized Hospitals Asia Pacific Newsweek 2023 rankings.
The hospital’s commitment to children’s health has earned it the top spot in Malaysia and a ranking of 28th in the Asia Pacific region for pediatrics.
SMC’s dedication to clinical excellence is evident in its continuous adoption of state-of-the-art medical technology.
The hospital recently became the first in Southeast Asia to acquire the Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) digital system, uMI780, collaborating with United Imaging Healthcare (UIH) to enhance cancer diagnosis through artificial intelligence (AI) model reconstruction.
This technology reassures Filipino patients seeking accurate diagnoses and targeted treatments.
In 2021, SMC marked a significant milestone in Malaysian healthcare by performing the country’s first robot-assisted hip replacement surgery.
The hospital’s commitment to advanced surgical techniques and technology has performed more than 1800 robotic surgery to date, offering patients faster recovery and reduced pain compared to conventional procedures.
These advancements have attracted Filipino medical tourists in Malaysia seeking cutting-edge surgical solutions.
Dato’ Lau Beng Long, President of Sunway Healthcare Group, shared that SMC has focused on high-quality patient care.
“Every patient is important to us,” he said. “Our strength is in formulating customized treatment plans for our patients, to provide a ‘home away from home’ environment whereby they can enjoy hassle-free and worry-free care here.”
He added that SMC is building good hospitals for today’s needs and laying the foundation for great hospitals for generations to come.
Meanwhile, Faith Tang, Assistant Director of International Business Development, underscores that SMC’s vision is to “create a complete ecosystem from wellness and diagnosis to treatment and recovery by providing multidisciplinary care with advanced technology to assist patients in their treatment journey.”
She said, “Health is happiness. When foreign patients come to our hospitals for treatment, they are often in advanced stages of cancer or have been misdiagnosed or given the wrong treatment. Families are in distress because they want their loved ones to recover.”
In line with this, SMC has launched an all-in-one 3D2N medical checkup cum leisure package with integrated offerings from Sunway Hotel and Sunway Lagoon, targeted screening programs, digital PET-CT scan, and other technologies to provide accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment,” said
Collaboration and Affiliations
Sunway Medical Center’s reputation extends beyond its advanced medical services.
The hospital collaborates with esteemed institutions such as the University of Cambridge, Royal College of Physicians, Royal Papworth Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia, ensuring that it remains at the forefront of medical education, training, and research.
International Patient Center for Filipino Medical Tourists in Malaysia
SMC recognizes the unique needs of international patients, including those from the Philippines, and has established a dedicated International Patient Center (IPC).
This center offers the following comprehensive assistance for Filipino medical tourists in Malaysia:
- appointment scheduling
- cost estimates
- interpreter services
- accommodation arrangements
- transport logistics
Filipino medical tourists can experience a “home away from home” environment at SMC while receiving world-class healthcare.
Quality Healthcare for Filipino Medical Tourists
As healthcare evolves, SMC remains at the forefront, ensuring Filipino patients receive the best care possible away from home.
In the heart of Malaysia, SMC stands ready to welcome Filipino medical tourists with open arms, offering a path to improved health and well-being.