• Malaysian Mental Health Council concerned over shortage of psychiatrists
    The Malaysian Mental Health Advisory Council has called attention to the low ratio of psychiatrists to the Malaysian population, which is far below WHO’s recommended ratio of 1:10,000. At present, there are only 360 registered psychiatrists in the public and private sectors of the country.
  • Malaysia's MOH tightening governance over online cosmetics businesses
    The Ministry of Health has established a Cyberforensic Division to crackdown on the online beauty industry that has been selling illegal and unregistered products. It is also proposing amendments to the laws and regulations that govern the sale of such products.
  • Selangor residents with B40 household incomes to receive Peduli Sihat card
    In addition to the existing Sihat Selangor Assistance programme that provides medical coverage, residents of Selangor whose household incomes fall under the lowest 40% will receive a Peduli Sihat card that will entitle them to subsidised healthcare.
  • General Practitioners (GPs) to work with Health Ministry in planning of bundle system
    The Malaysian Medical Association is working with the MOH in the planning of a bundle system to reduce medical costs for patients. Meanwhile, the Medical Practitioners Coalition Association Of Malaysia (MPCAM) is also in discussions with the Health Ministry to increase GP roles and review their professional fees.
  • Three important facts to note on medical advertising in Malaysia
    In the sales of medicine, if advertisements promoting such products are misused or abused, there could be dire consequences for the patients. The Malaysian government imposes strict control over advertisements concerning medicine, and below are three important facts that all pharmacists advertising their products should know. 
  • MIMS Survey: 43% of HCPs in Singapore and Malaysia dissatisfied with working hours
    46% of healthcare providers in Singapore and Malaysia work more than 50 hours a week, based on a recent MIMS survey. Healthcare providers are prone to burnout due to high workload, so how do they perform on a day-to-day basis? 
  • Infographic: Survey results of HCP working hours in Malaysia and Singapore
    Experts have long debated whether the workloads of healthcare professionals are reasonable, and if such long hours are harmful to patients – or to healthcare professionals themselves. MIMS decided to ask its readers to share their views.
  • The rising costs of traditional medicine in Malaysia
    The prices of traditional herbs and medicines have increased with the implementation of GST and the current economical climate, prompting the Penang Chief Minister to urge for exemption of GST on traditional medicines.
  • Health officers offered contract positions by Malaysia’s MOH
    The Ministry of Health is offering contract posts for doctors, dentists and pharmacists are being offered contracts to reduce the long waiting time for postings.
  • Can pharmacy still be considered a great career in Malaysia?
    Over the past few years, the pharmacy profession in Malaysia has undergone several challenging situations. Aspiring pharmacists should take a step back and reassess if previous rosy views of a career in pharmacy still hold true.
  • How bad is the counterfeit drug problem in Malaysia?
    Unfortunately, the issue of availability of counterfeit drugs is widespread within the Asia Pacific region, including Malaysia. To combat such an issue, the relevant stakeholders including pharmacists should have at least a basic understanding of the situation.
  • Improvements needed in the contrasting healthcare systems of Malaysia and Singapore
    While both countries have been praised for their healthcare systems - Malaysia for the affordability and Singapore for its implementation of a national health insurance plan. However, both systems need much more improvement to address their unique problems.
  • Malaysia’s MOH to crackdown on online sales of medicines and pills
    Malaysian authorities have been urged to tighten screening of the availability of medicines and pills on the internet. This comes after women who consumed abortion pills shared their successful abortion stories via images of aborted foetuses on social media.