Health Ministry to introduce new module, reduce healthcare cost

Beatrice Nita Jay

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry is currently working on a module for a better private and public partnership to optimise the current healthcare delivery system and reduce healthcare cost.

Its minister, Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam said this was due to the increase in Malaysian’s total health expenditure in the recent years.

He said for 2015, the total health expenditure for Malaysia was RM52 billion with 48 per cent from the private healthcare system and 52 per cent from the public healthcare system.

“The cost for healthcare has relatively increased and at the same time, the lifespan of Malaysia has also increased. Although we do have modern technology which can help, the cost, however, is too expensive.

“Optimising the expertise that both the public and private health care system have, would help in ensuring patients receive medical services in primary care,” he said, after the opening ceremony of Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute’s 2017 Healthcare Forum.

“If most diseases can be treated in clinics, without being referred to the hospitals, then this can reduce the cost of healthcare expenditure one spends in a year,” he said, adding that the ministry is currently studying various modules and is in the process of creating one for Malaysia.

Subramaniam added that gross domestic product for healthcare spending has increased 2 and a half times more in the span of 17 years.

Thirty-nine per cent of total health care expenditure was taken out of pocket costs and Subramaniam said, in the long run, this could bring about a health-related financial catastrophe.