B - Cost of Living B00. Cost of Living

B09. Improve access to and quality of health services

May 10, 2018
In progress
Jun 2018

Minister says proposed healthcare advisory council to Cabinet

Malay Mail June 05, 2018

The Health Ministry has suggested the formation of a Healthcare Advisory Council to the Cabinet. Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the council would primarily advise the government on solutions to problems that may arise in the provision of universal healthcare in the country. “The council would help troubleshooting problems and and mainly aid to provide a better healthcare delivery system,” he said. Up to seven health professionals will sit on the council.

“We could even have an economist on the council to help in dealing with the economics of healthcare,” he said, adding that he will present the detailed proposal in the next Cabinet meeting. He also said his ministry was considering adopting blockchain technology to streamline operations. Dzulkefly said the technology could be adapted to healthcare delivery. “It could help integrate management and other in house system which could aid in our healthcare delivery system,” he said.

Jun 2018

1Malaysia Clinics to be renamed, facilities enhanced

The Star June 05, 2018

The Health Ministry will enhance 1Malaysia Clinics by allocating doctors and a proper drug-dispensing unit to address the long waiting times for patients. At present, most 1Malaysia Clinics are run by medical assistants and nurses. Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said that 1Malaysia Clinic will be renamed to reflect the fact that they are for the rakyat. “One way is to transform Klinik 1Malaysia to a rakyat clinic,” he said in his first monthly meeting with the ministry staff on Tuesday. Asked where the ministry will get the doctors, he said that there was no shortage of doctors. “What we lack are hospital facilities,” he said.

May 2018

Improve access to and quality of health services

Pakatan Harapan May 10, 2018

The Pakatan Harapan Government will ensure that financial allocation for the Ministry of Health is increased to 4 per cent of GDP in the first term our administration. Pakatan Harapan understands that the people are increasingly concerned about the rising healthcare costs. Many Malaysians still cannot afford to buy health insurance that they require. The Pakatan Harapan Government will introduce Skim Peduli Sihat, similar to what was implemented in Selangor, to the rest of the country. The scheme provides RM500 per year for B40 families to visit private clinics for basic treatment (primary care). This will ensure they do not depend only to government hospitals or public health centers that may be far from their homes. It also reduces the workload of government health officers. The Pakatan Harapan Government will also pursue closer collaboration between government health centers with private clinics so that we can enhance service coverage.

The Pakatan Harapan Government will increase budget allocation and will provide incentives for the participation of private companies and charitable bodies to tackle rare diseases, especially among the have-nots, and to help families with special needs children. The Pakatan Harapan Government will focus on non-communicable diseases. These include prevention and early detection of those diseases, as well as the provision of cancer treatment. This requires coordinated strategies and cooperation of various sectors and levels of society, including urban planning, public transport, and food industry legislation and so on. More government resources will be channeled to mental health care through government hospitals, especially in terms of human resources and also through insurance coverage. The Pakatan Harapan Government will also provide compulsory pneumococcal vaccination for all children under the age of 2 years, as is the practice in many other countries.

To ensure proper care of terminally ill patients, we will provide incentives for the establishment of the palliative care centers across the country. The Pakatan Harapan Government will direct the Ministry of Health to prepare a detailed plan to solve the problems faced by younger doctors or "housemen" who now have to wait for too long. We will review the number of places currently available for the study of medicine so that the number of places as well as the number of scholarships are reflective of the capacity and future needs for medical doctors. Sponsorship to study abroad will be given only to students attending universities that meet the appropriate standards.