Manipal Journal of Medical Sciences


Introduction: The rapid development of socio-economic status in Malaysia has become a driving force to increase the influx of foreign migrant workers. This study aimed to explore the health-seeking behaviour of Myanmar migrant workers in Malaysia by identifying the common illnesses, types of accidents occurred, types of healthcare providers being sought and factors influencing health-seeking behaviour. Method: The crosssectional survey was conducted in Penang, Malaysia in 2017. The respondents were recruited by a convenient sampling method and interviewed by using the pre-tested questionnaire. The data were analysed using SPSS version 24.0. Results: The commonest form of illnesses they suffered from were common cold (27.22%), musculoskeletal pain (25.65%), indigestion, and stomachache (18.32%). A minority of the respondents reported accidents (14.7%); among them, domestic accidents were reportedly common (77.8%). The proportion of workers who sought health services at public hospitals and clinics when they fell sick was 54%. Factors that were significantly associated with the health-seeking behaviour were education (p = 0.047) and mode of transport to health facilities (p = 0.018). Conclusion: Migrant workers with lower educational status and those who used public transport were more likely to seek healthcare in clinics and hospitals. Improving awareness on their health insurance coverage and accessibility to health services are essential to have equity in healthcare