Gilchrist equalled Healy's record of 395 dismissal when he caught Zaheer Khan off Brett Lee at the MCG today.
''Our next wicketkeeper will first have to be as good a keeper as him and then as good a batsman,'' Healy said.
''He deserves it. He's played an important part in a very successful team and has done it spectacularly more than in a silent way,'' Healy was quoted as saying by a cricket website.
''Gilchrist has had an extraordinary career, he hasn't missed a Test. To do what he's done in one-dayers and Tests with bat and with the gloves without getting injured is just amazing,'' he said of the stumper who replaced him behind the wickets in 1999.
Though Gilchrist is 35, Healy believes he can still go on for a few more years.
''He's not that old. He could go on a lot longer if he wants to.''