The government can save costs if private primary healthcare providers are roped in to provide the same service as Klinik 1Malaysia (K1M).
Primary Care Doctors Organisation Malaysia deputy president Dr Mahendran Markandoo, 58, said existing private healthcare providers would be able to collaborate with the government.
“A lot of resources and money are being wasted to provide very simple healthcare at K1M clinics,” he said.
Since only basic illnesses are treated at K1M, it is a waste of resources to set up clinics in areas with existing private clinics, he added.
“A system could be established involving a partnership between private clinics and the government.
“We will be able to offer better services as the patients will be treated by a doctor. The government could help by subsiding the costs of the treatment and medicine,” he said.
Dr Mahendran has a clinic located in Pangsapuri Angsana in Subang Mewah, which is just four blocks from a K1M.
He claims to have suffered a 70% decrease in patients since the 1Malaysia clinic was opened in 2012.
“Many foreigners also go to these clinics as they pay only RM15.
“They are benefiting from a public service meant for the urban poor,” he said.
Dr Mahendran urged the government to review K1M.
“The funds allocated could be better spent,” he added.