The number of dengue cases in areas under Subang Jaya City Council’s (MBSJ) administration has decreased by 72%.
Mayor Noraini Roslan said as at epidemiology week 42, a total of 1,629 dengue cases were reported.
“The number of dengue cases showed a 72% decrease this year compared to the same corresponding period last year.
“No dengue hotspot localities were reported as of Oct 23,” she said during a full board meeting.
Meanwhile, the tabling of a proposal to renew a medical scheme for city council staff was a hot topic of discussion.
Under the “renewal of medical facility scheme for outpatient treatment for MBSJ for 2022” proposal, MBSJ will appoint a third party administrator (TPA) to manage claims and payment related to outpatient treatment.
MBSJ will then make payment based on bills submitted by its employees on a monthly basis.
The city council will also use the services of panel clinics registered with the appointed TPA.
“Based on my personal observation, bills charged by panel clinics under such schemes tend to be higher compared to over-the-counter cash payment,” said Noraini.
“One alternative can be a system similar to the state government’s Skim Peduli Sihat, whereby employees are given a maximum limit per year for outpatient treatment claims,” she said.
Selangor government’s Skim Peduli Sihat enables civil servants below a certain grade to receive health and medical treatment from panel hospitals, capped at RM10,000 per year per person.
Councillor George Yap said he supported the renewal of the existing scheme and appointment of a TPA to process claims and verify medical bills, as the burden to handle such matters would otherwise fall on MBSJ’s Management Services Department.
Councillor Teh Eng Teck suggested MBSJ look at pricing schemes offered by various TPAs.
In welcoming the councillors’ feedback, Noraini said whether a credit or cash system was used, MBSJ still needed a company or system to manage bills submitted for panel clinic services and to verify medical claims.
“We cannot stick to the old ways of doing things just because that was how it was done before.
“This is not about reducing facilities (for employees), it is about doing things more efficiently,” she said.
The meeting ended with a video to announce the winners of Pertandingan Lagu Patriotik Generasi Bestari MBSJ 2021 for primary and secondary school students.