SENIOR citizens can now get a doctor’s consultation for as low as RM5 in the Bukit Gasing constituency in Selangor.
Those who would like to use the consulation service must first download the app from medical group Doctor Anywhere Malaysia (DA).
A mobile counter was held at Yeong Leong Temple in Section 17, Petaling Jaya, so more elderly could sign up for the app and give their details to register for the service.
Only senior citizens in the B40 category within Bukit Gasing are eligible and they would only have to pay RM5 for an online consultation with a general practitioner.
Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran said it is often difficult for less mobile senior citizens to go for medical checkups.
“They have to factor in transportation costs and long wait times to see a doctor.
“This programme can lower their healthcare costs and cut their transportation fees,” he added.
The programme is a collaboration between DA and Rajiv’s office.
“After the checkup, their medicine will be sent to their addresses by Grab and the medical certificate (MC) is also available through the app,” said Rajiv.
Oon Poh Choo, 67, who registered for the scheme, said her income is not enough to sustain her and her family’s medical bills even though she is still working.
“I only get RM300 in medical benefits from my company every year.
“It is not enough for myself, my husband and our four children.
“This digital service will reduce our burden,” said Oon who works as a tea lady.
Another registrant, Ng Kim Hoi, 76, said her three sons lost their jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“They have only been able to find part-time jobs since then.
“My only income is repairing clothes. It may seem small to some, but the RM5 doctor consultation fee is very welcome.”
Kampung Seri Damansara community management council secretary Amelia Ang said the app saved money and time.
Apart from the DA and Skim Mesra Usia Emas (SMUE), people could also register for the Air Selangor e-bill.
Rajiv said the mobile counter will be be held once a week, in different locations within Bukit Gasing.
Check out details on his Facebook page.