Malaysia's Healthcare: A Public Service Legacy under Strain

loading

While Malaysia has a public healthcare system to boast about, it is at the same time plagued by brain drain, budget cuts and a bad rep when it comes to waiting time.

Public health services in Malaysia are financed through general tax revenue – not dissimilar to Britain’s National Health Service. This healthcare financing model, the Beveridge model, is a legacy that persists until today, and is still practised in many other countries in the world.

Malaysians have received heavily subsidised healthcare services from the government since independence; only a nominal fee or a co-payment of RM1 for outpatient treatment and RM5 for specialist outpatient treatment is required at government hospitals and health clinics.

The charges have remained constant since 1982, in accordance with the Fees (Medical) Order 1982 covering services such as registration, consultation, medication and investigations.


To read the rest of the article and to access our e-Archive, subscribe to us for RM150 a year.



Related Articles

COVER STORY
Jun 2017

Tourism is Greener on the other side

Ecotourism brings travellers and ringgit to Seberang Perai.

FEATURE
Oct 2017

Developing Sustainability is the Goal

If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes the entire world to nurture a sustainable planet.

PENANG PALETTE
Dec 2016

Still Promoting Art After All These Years

Art Expo Malaysia 2016 might be leaner, but it did not disappoint.