MUAR: The Health Ministry plans to strengthen Malaysia’s position as one of the countries with the best healthcare system in the world by upgrading its facilities throughout the country.
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahya said Malaysia had always emphasised on giving out affordable healthcare with good medical service in both private and government-run hospitals to the public.
He stressed that through such practises, the country received global recognition as one of the best healthcare system in the world by a leading international health magazine.
“The government has always maintained our main aspiration which is to serve the rakyat better especially in healthcare,” he said.
Dr Hilmi said this to pressmen after visiting Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital here recently.
He was commenting on a study by the American publication International Living rates Malaysia’s healthcare system as the third best out of 24 countries in its 2014 Global Retirement Index - beating out Spain, Italy, Ireland and New Zealand, among others.
Based on the report, Malaysia is ranked third best behind France and Uruguay and scored 95 out of a possible 100 points, as the medical expertise of Malaysian healthcare practitioners is equal to or better than what it is in most Western countries.
Dr Hilmi pointed out that the ministry had applied for allocations under the 11th Malaysian Plan to upgrade hospitals throughout the country.
“We want to upgrade about 2,000 klinik desa located in rural areas especially in Sabah and Sarawak to meet with the demands of the rakyat living in those areas.
“The clinics will provide outpatient treatments as well as living quarters for its staff as those that was sent at such places find it difficult to travel long distance compared with those staying in major cities here,” he said.