Aliran joins hands with fellow Malaysians in their collective concern with regard to the proposed ’1Care’ scheme to restructure Malaysia’s health care system – a move that would definitely exact a heavy toll on their physical as well as financial health.
A major forum on the future of health care in Malaysia.
Will this be a new GLC and cash cow for the Barisan government, wonders Mujahid Yusuf Rawa.
SHAH ALAM, July 13 — The Selangor government says a new health financing scheme mooted by federal authorities was “frightening,” pointing out instead that the current national health care system, which is almost free, should be continued
The new Tory-Lib Dem coalition in the UK is planning to privatise the national health service in defiance of the evidence. But Labour is hamstrung by its record, observes Seumas Milne of the Guardian.
The government’s full-paying patient (FPP) scheme has again come under fire from the Coalition Against Health Service Privatisation, which held simultaneous pickets outside four public hospitals nationwide.
Jeyakumar Devaraj criticises poor quality treatment in government hospitals and follows that with pointed questions about the Full Paying Patients scheme during a debate in Parliament on the Health Ministry’s budget.
Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj reports that Parliament is now in the Committee Stage of the discussion of a Supplementary Budget amounting to RM20 billion. This will bring the Budget for 2008 to over RM150 billion! At the committee stage, the House discusses the budget ministry by ministry and MPs are constrained to only raise issues related to items mentioned in the Supplementary Budget.
The Penang Medical Practitioners Society, the oldest medical organisation in Malaysia, will be holding a public forum on “Health Care Financing” on 15 June from 9.00am to 1.00pm at the Dewan Sri Pinang. Admission is free.
- two doctors from the Health Ministry,
- the MP of Sungai Siput
- a representative of Aliran
- a Past-President of the Malaysian Medical Association
Malaysia only allocates 2 per cent of GDP for health care, well short of World Health Organisation recommendations. In an intervention this afternoon in Parliament, Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj has called for an increased allocation for health care in the next budget. He has also called for an end to the Full Paying Patients Scheme, which he says will divert the attention of overburdened specialists from their primary responsibilities.