Western physicians make decisions about which treatment will be most helpful to their patients based on controlled, scientific studies. This approach is known as evidence-based medicine. Evidence-based treatment plans may include prescription medication, surgery, infusions, and other conventional procedures and therapies.
What determines if a treatment is evidence-based? Clinical trials are controlled research studies that are used to determine the efficacy and outcomes of treatment interventions, like drugs, new medical procedures, and even lifestyle changes. Clinical trials add to the medical knowledge related to disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
Western health care services are usually delivered through private sources, like hospitals or private medical practices
Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) was established in 1971 to provide safe and competent health care services for the country. ALL medical practitioner in Malaysia MUST register with the MMC.
The medical practitioner then must obtain an annual practicing certificate from the council in order to practice medicine legally.
If the doctor is a specialist, he/she need to also be registered under the National Specialist Register (NSR).
The majority of dental treatments are carried out to prevent or treat the two most common oral diseases which are dental caries (tooth decay) and periodontal disease (gum disease or pyorrhea). Common treatments involve the restoration of teeth, extraction or surgical removal of teeth, scaling and root planing, endodontic root canal treatment and cosmetic dentistry.
By nature of their general training they can carry out the majority of dental treatments such as restorative (fillings, crowns, bridges), prosthetic (dentures), endodontic (root canal) therapy, periodontal (gum) therapy, and extraction of teeth, as well as performing examinations, radiographs (x-rays), and diagnosis. Dentists can also prescribe medications such as antibiotics, sedatives, and any other drugs used in patient management.
Similar to Medicine practitioner, Dental Practitioners must be registered with the Malaysian Dental Council (MDC) and have a valid Annual Practising Certificate (APC) in order to practice. The status of your dental practitioner can be checked through the Dental Practitioners Information Management System (DPIMS) website.