Complaint. Explanation. Understanding?

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Not the first time, won’t be the last. People need to be more understanding.

Our government is doing its very best to provide quality yet affordable healthcare for all.

Affordable doesn’t mean it should be free. Affordable means ‘reasonably priced’ and at lower cost to patients.

Expecting treatment for RM1 or RM5 or free is just not sustainable at all in the long term as the cost of treatment escalates every year.

Malaysians are living longer now because our government is providing one of the best healthcare in the world. Be proud of it!

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The population of Malaysia are expected to live up to 74.8 years in 2017 compared to 74.3 years in 2011 with an increase of 0.5 years. In 2017, life expectancy at birth in Malaysia is 72.7 years for male and 77.4 years for female. This figure has increased continuously over the years with the increasing of 0.6 years for both male and female compared to 2011. (Dept of Statistic Malaysia)
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The highest life expectancy at birth for male in 2017 is recorded by Chinese with 75.0 years while the lowest is recorded by Indians with 67.8 years. For female, Chinese recorded the highest life expectancy at birth with 80.2 years while Bumiputera recorded the lowest which stood at 76.2 years. (Dept of Statistic Malaysia)
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The highest life expectancy at birth for both male and female was recorded in Sarawak with 75.1 years and 78.6 years respectively. On the other hand, Terengganu recorded the lowest life expectancy at birth for both male and female with 68.8 years and 74.6 years respectively. (Dept of Statistic Malaysia)

What if you cannot afford?

Just let your doctor know.

We will immediately refer you to the welfare department for evaluation and assistance.

Do you know that government provide free flights to Hospital Umum Sarawak, free treatment, free medications, free lodging and even free food vouchers to poor patients from interior of Sarawak? This is the extent of government support that many do not know.

Anyway, if RM50/month (RM300 is for 6 months medicine supply) is able to ‘menyambung nyawa’, I think it is money worth spending on.

What else can you get for RM50 nowadays? You can use it to eat three meals a day for 3-7 days, pay a month of phone bill or electric bill, grocery shopping for a week or two. 

Again, Malaysians must know that what the government is doing now is not sustainable.

What happen when the coffer runs dry?

It’s happening sooner if everyone still expect RM1/ RM5/ free treatment.

There is still room for improvement to plug leakages here and there. You can read that connected people can make thousands selling one AP but my department can’t even afford one ream of A4 paper or photocopy machine toner replacement.

They should give one AP to my department, ha3.

Update (24/8/2018)

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Some salient points to note are:

  • Amendment (pindaan) of medical charges done in 2017. The old medical charges was in 1982, when cancer patients dies in less than 3-6 months. Fast forward to now, advanced cancer patients (stage 4) are likely able to live more than a year and in some cancers, able to live more than 5 years with appropriate treatment. The cost for cancer treatments can be in hundreds to thousands for chemotherapy and in thousands to tens/ hundreds of thousands for targeted therapy and immunotherapy. Do you still expect to pay RM1/RM5? Do you want to be back at those years when cancer patients live 3-6 months only?
  • The amount paid covers all cost including consultations, administration, investigations and others. Well, I do know that some investigations are still billed to patients. So? Must it be free also? The press releases should be more careful or else people will just harp on a word and say that you’re misleading them.
  • Referrals from private doctors are charged higher? Most private specialists are complaining about that but why do you still refer them directly to government hospital? Why don’t you just direct them to any government clinic/ klinik kesihatan so that patients can be referred from there to government hospital for them to be eligible for third class charges? Too troublesome for patients? I think they won’t mind if they know the savings that they will be getting from it.
  • Total collection from hospital charges is just 2.64% of actual cost. Government paying 97.36%. The amount collected by government hospitals is negligible at best compared to the services rendered to the ‘rakyat’. Tun said “If you are thinking of going into business, no business is as good as the government. We don’t invest a single sen but 26 per cent of your profit is ours”. He surely didn’t think about healthcare. Ha3.

I’m always amazed by the prompt reply from KKM whenever issues were highlighted in social media.

They have a good communication team up there for sure. Keep up the good work.

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