More than two decades have passed and the National Health Financing Scheme still seems up in the air in terms of concept and implementation. Will it be a flat-rate or not? Will it take a year or ten? Despite continuous studies on the proposed scheme, is Malaysia anywhere closer to a health financing scheme which is affordable, fair and accessible to all levels of society?
Why is the government attempting to curb private healthcare costs when there is supposed to be a readily available and more affordable public healthcare system? Shouldn’t the government focus on improving the public healthcare system, making it an automatic price check on private healthcare? After all, why would someone pay RM30,000 for a heart bypass if they could get quality care for minimal cost at a public hospital?
NILAI, 31 March 2009: The government has allocated a sum of RM13.7 billion this year to enhance healthcare facilities for Malaysians including building more hospitals, clinics and quarters, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. He said, the money would also be used to purchase new equipment, increase the supply of medicines, development of […]