RM180 billion spent on healthcare since 2009

Understanding the needs of the people, the government had spent RM178.9 billion on healthcare services since 2009 on various initiatives to provide quality healthcare services for Malaysians.

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Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

KUALA LUMPUR – Understanding the needs of the people, the government had spent RM178.9 billion on healthcare services since 2009.

The amount was spent on various initiatives to provide quality healthcare services for Malaysians.

Among the initiatives include the 1Malaysia Clinic which was introduced in 2010. It has now span to 361 clinics nationwide.

The 1Malaysia Clinics are strategically located, open seven days a week from 10.00 a.m. until 10.00 p.m. It offers simple outpatient treatments at a minimum charge of RM1. As a caring government, payment is waived for senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said, the government had also announced other healthcare facilities for Malaysians, such as, the upgrade of six hospitals in Perak, Sarawak, Kelantan, Kedah and Sabah.

National Cancer Centres and National Heart Centres were also provided in main hospitals under each zone to serve more than 300,000 patients.

Besides that, the government allocated RM50 million annually to lighten the medical cost burdens of haemodialysis patients, which had benefited 1.5 million people.

At the same time, the government also look into the creation of income for the national economy through by increasing job opportunities through the healthcare tourism industry.

In 2016, the industry had successfully generated RM1.12 billion and the government is targeting to generate RM2.8 billion from medical tourism by year 2020.

Najib added, Malaysia has a lot of advantages in terms of medical tourism. We have among the best doctors in the world. Malaysia has quality healthcare services at a far reasonable price than other countries.

“For instance, a heart bypass surgery in the United States will require between US$70,000 to US$200,000. In Malaysia, the average rate is about US$9,000.

“All these and more has made Malaysia as the Best Medical and Healthcare Tourism Destination in the world for three years in a row,” he said in his blog.
He also emphasized that the government is always monitoring, servicing and upgrading not only on the infrastructure and physical building, but also on the quality of lives of the healthcare providers and those working in the healthcare industry.

“Insya-Allah (God willing), all these will be given serious considerations and attentions by the government, so that the people of Malaysia can continue to enjoy quality healthcare services wherever they are,” he said. – MalaysiaGazette

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