The Federation of Private Medical Practitioners Associations, Malaysia, (FPMPAM) is holding its first healthcare conference at the Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, on Sept 15-16, 2018.
With the theme “Current issues in medical practices and healthcare in Malaysia”, the conference will provide a platform to discuss relevant issues common to medical and healthcare practitioners, both in private and public sectors.
The programme covers important topics in the clinical and medico-legal areas, as well as issues dealing with the business of medicine.
According to conference co-chairman Dr Milton Lum, the objective of the event is to increase awareness of, and discuss, some of the burning current issues of the Malaysian healthcare system with the hope that solutions can be taken up with the authorities.
“There are two tracks at the conference, i.e. Population Health and Medical Practice.
“The former includes premature mortality among poor Malaysians of all ethnic groups, catastrophic healthcare expenditure, various healthcare insurance modalities, oversupply of medical graduates, and the revamping of postgraduate medical training to ensure specialists are fit for purpose.
“The latter includes recent court decisions, i.e. non-delegable duty of care of healthcare facilities, aggravated damages in medical negligence, legal issues in assisted reproduction, which is promoted actively, and informed consent.
“There will be also be panel discussions on the re-use of single use medical devices, the practicalities of providing information to patients and the impact of managed care organisations on patient care,” he says.
Among the highlights of the conference are the plenary lectures by retired Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram and Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Khalid Kadir.
Gopal, who was recently appointed senior deputy public prosecutor for the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) case against former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, will speak on Has the Law Forced Doctors to Practise Defensive Medicine?
Prof Emeritus Khalid is the former Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia director and joint winner of the 2008 Merdeka Award for medicine, science and technology.
His main research interest is in nutritional stress in the pathogenesis of metabolic syndrome and investigating compounds for the treatment of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. He will give his address on Challenges to Malaysian Healthcare System.
Dr Lum will also be presenting a lecture on Medical Indemnity, in reference to the amended Medical Act and Regulations, which require all registered medical practitioners to have indemnity cover when applying for their Annual Practicing Certificate.
“I will discuss the benefits of indemnity cover for both registered medical practitioners and patients, the different types of cover, and what, how and when to cover,” he says.
Other speakers include Universiti of Malaya Faculty of Medicine dean Prof Datuk Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman (Revamping Postgraduate Education and Training), lawyer P.S. Ranjan (Healthcare Facilities Non-Delegable Duty of Care), Sagadavan Thanga-velu (Medical Errors – The Law’s View), Dr Lim Kuan Joo (From Social Health Insurance to Voluntary Health Insurance – Whiter Health Care Financing in Malaysia) and FPMPAM president Dr Steven Chow (Regulation of Managed Care/Third Party Payer).
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is expected to attend the dinner on Sept 15.
The healthcare conference is targeted at policymakers, administrators, registered medical practitioners and patient advocates.
The FPMPAM is also concurrently organising a scientific conference at the same venue.