Geriatric medicine physicians are some of the most sought after doctors in Southeast Asia, especially in Malaysia. Also known as geriatricians, they are doctors who specialise in diagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases and disabilities that affect adults aged 75 and older. They are educated as primary care providers but have special training in caring for the elderly.
As Malaysia’s medical tourism industry continues to grow, it has also seen an increased demand for geriatric care in the past few years. This has led to a unique niche market that helps set the rapidly developing country apart from its predecessors in the medical tourism market such as Singapore. Senior medical tourism is now gaining traction in Malaysia, helped along as the baby boomer generation enters the 65 and older age bracket.
This has encouraged more physicians in Malaysia to choose geriatric medicine as their specialty, which in turn also improved the quality and competence of geriatric care in the country. This is part of the reason why Malaysia’s healthcare tourism grew by 15.8% in 2013 alone, with its revenues up by 20% from the previous year. During the past three years, the industry has seen massive growth helping it become one of the top three medical tourism destinations in the region together with Thailand and Singapore.
With Malaysia’s greater emphasis on medical tourism, its specialists have a great initiative to seek further improvement in their skills and experience. Thus, many geriatric medicine physicians in Malaysia have a well-founded knowledge, international experience, and access to the country’s state-of-the-art medical facilities. Most of them have also received special training in helping their patients deal with the unique health challenges they face as they grow older. This winning combination helps them deliver high-quality, focused care that geriatric patients require for them to live independently and enjoy a better quality of life.