Families who have resided in Selangor for at least ten years and are earning a monthly household income of under RM3,000 will be entitled to a card for subsidised treatment at clinics under the state’s “Peduli Sihat” Scheme, a healthcare subsidisation scheme under the state’s Budget 2017 that will provide free healthcare for state residents who fall in the bottom 40% income group (B40).

“Once a family is registered, a Peduli Sihat card is issued to the main account holder with an annual RM500 allocation,” said Selangor Health, Welfare, Women and Family Affairs committee chairman Dr Daroyah Alwi.

“The dependents including the spouse and children below 21 will be entitled to treatments at registered clinics under the scheme.”

Peduli Sihat scheme to benefit one million residents

The Peduli Sihat scheme, which targets to improve the wellbeing and health of all residents, is in line with the 11th Malaysia Plan 2016-2020 and will be managed by Selgate Corporation Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS).

An annual RM 125million has been allocated by the state government for the implementation of the scheme.

According to Daroyah, Peduli Sihat is expected to benefit 250,000 families – roughly one million residents – starting from those in Gombak district, where the scheme will first be implemented.

The target residents are those under the B40, whose household incomes are of RM2,537 or less.

“They are the group which suffers the most whenever food, clothing, rent, fuel and transportation goes up,” Daryoah said, adding that the scheme would improve their quality of lives.

“We have 1,001 clinics in Selangor and Klang Valley,” she said.

“During a visit to any of the respective clinics, patients can enjoy a maximum of RM50 subsidy. If the total for consultation, treatment and medication exceed RM50, the person has to top-up from their own pocket,” she added.

Individuals above the age of 21 years who earn below RM1,500 a month are also eligible to register for the Peduli Sihat card, with a maximum cap of RM200 per annum.

“For these individuals a maximum of RM50 can be used at every visit to a private clinic,” she said.

Existing medical assistance programme boosts healthcare coverage

In addition to the Peduli Sihat card, residents in Selangor can continue to enjoy benefits under the existing Sihat Selangor Assistance programme, a medical assistance programme that provides a maximum coverage of RM5,000 annually for minor procedures such as cataract surgery and dialysis.

“Under the Sihat Selangor Assistance programme, we give priority to small income-earners single parents, those with several dependents, family members with prolonged illness and the physically handicapped,” Daroyah said.

Apart from minor surgical procedures, the programme also entitles coverage for the purchase of prosthetics and other medical equipment such as wheelchairs and crutches.

Over 2,500 residents have benefited from the scheme since its launch in 2010.

“In 2014, the state paid medical bills amounting RM511,238, and in 2015 the total amount was RM1.2 million,” Daroyah said, adding that the government has allocated RM5 million for dialysis and an additional RM 500,000 for other medical needs for the medical assistance programme this year.

“We want to improve access to quality healthcare and allow people to live healthier lives,” she said. “It’s good that more people have come to know about this programme.”
The scheme is aimed at those with a household income of less than RM3,000 a month. Photo credit:  The Star Online
The scheme is aimed at those with a household income of less than RM3,000 a month. Photo credit: The Star Online

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