A TOTAL of 249,216 people from the low income B40 group in Penang will benefit from the Peduli Kesihatan B40 (PeKa B40) scheme which provides incentives in healthcare.
Health Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Chen Chaw Min said the government had allocated RM100mil for the pilot programme which will cover 800,000 recipients nationwide.
“According to the healthcare needs of those under the B40 group, the government has decided to run the scheme in order to tackle increasing problems like non-communicable diseases.
“We want this scheme to be in line with the current health benefits and incentives offered by the government.
“If the scheme is successful, we hope we can increase the budget next year,” he said during a briefing on the PeKa B40 scheme at Penang Hospital in George Town on Friday.
The scheme which covers those aged 50 and above provides recipients with incentives in health screenings, health aid, completing cancer treatment incentive and transportation incentive.
Penang Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said he hoped those eligible would utilise the scheme fully.
“Many are burdened with high healthcare, screening and treatment costs and this scheme can help lighten their financial burden.
“We hope the scheme can run smoothly and really help lighten the burden of those who fall under the B40 category,” he added.
The website for PeKa B40 will be up and running in March.
Log on to www.pekab40.com.my or call the PeKa B40 contact centre at 03-86872500 for more details.