During last Friday’s Budget 2017 address, Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak announced that a total of RM25 billion will be allocated for the Ministry of Health (MOH) to boost the health of the people and the quality of healthcare in the country.
Here’s how that amount is scheduled to be utilised in the coming year:
1) RM536 million has been allocated for building and upgrading of hospital facilities in Perlis, Kuching, Mukah, Jempol, Muar and Johor Bahru.
*This includes provision of cardiology treatment equipment for Serdang Hospital, Penang Hospital and Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Bahru and the purchase of 100 ambulances.
2) RM4.5 billion is also allocated for the operations of 340 1Malaysia Clinics, 11 1Malaysia mobile Clinics, 959 health clinics and more than 1,800 rural clinics.
3) RM4 billion is allocated for the supply of drugs, consumables, vaccines and reagents to all government hospitals and facilities.
4) RM20 million is allocated in the form of loans for the purchase of hospital equipment and to reduce the overcrowding of government hospitals through private-public non-profit cooperation.
5) For the nearly 10,000 underprivileged patients the government has allocated RM110 million, of which RM70 million is for medical assistance.
6) The establishment of more private haemodialysis centres is also encouraged through one-off grants worth RM200,000 for purchasing of equipment, with a total allocation of RM40 million.
7) For contagious diseases such as dengue and Zika, the government plans to implement initiatives to prevent and control these diseases by allocating RM80 million for the National Community Health Empowerment Programme (Kospen).
What has been cut?
1) The cut of RM280 million from the allocation for health programmes in 2016, compared to that in 2015 has caused government hospitals and clinics to run out of reagents needed to carry out health tests. MIMS
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