Reimagining our healthcare system

A long queue waiting at the crowded Penang General Hospital - ANIL NETTO/FILE PHOTO

Healthcare is a human right. Yet, healthcare has become increasingly expensive over the past two to three decades.

Those who can afford, take on expensive private insurances – not because they want to, but because the only other alternative would be to visit inaccessible, overcrowded, understaffed and poorly maintained public hospitals, which are bleeding specialists to the private sector.

Those who can’t afford it, such as those from low-income households, have to deal with the underfunded healthcare system.

BFM speaks to Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) chairperson Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj about the problems and possible solutions. They also look at Cuba (which arguably has the best healthcare system in the world) and examine what we can learn from them.

Produced and presented by: Dashran Yohan



AGENDA RAKYAT - Lima perkara utama
  1. Tegakkan maruah serta kualiti kehidupan rakyat
  2. Galakkan pembangunan saksama, lestari serta tangani krisis alam sekitar
  3. Raikan kerencaman dan keterangkuman
  4. Selamatkan demokrasi dan angkatkan keluhuran undang-undang
  5. Lawan rasuah dan kronisme
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Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj, a long-time Aliran member and contributor, served as Member of Parliament for Sungai Siput from 2008 to 2018. A respiratory physician who was awarded a gold medal for community service, he is also a secretariat member of the Coalition Against Health Care Privatisation and chairperson of the Socialist Party of Malaysia.
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