Public view on healthcare scheme sought

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 30 Jul 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) is seeking the public’s input on the proposed National Health Financing Scheme through a conference coming up in September. 

Its National Health Policy Committee chairman Datuk Dr P. Krishnan said to date views on the proposed scheme had only been obtained from professionals and not the public. 

“We want to tailor-make a system that caters to the needs of the country,” he said yesterday at a press conference at the MMA’s office to announce the National Conference on Medical and Public Health. 

Dr Krishnan, who is the immediate past president of MMA, also said the scheme should be funded by an allocation from general taxes and compulsory contributions from employers, the self-employed and employees. 

“The philosophy behind this scheme is that no one should be denied health care because of the inability to pay,” he said. 

On private insurance companies that provided health coverage, Dr Krishnan said that they should complement and not compete with the National Health Financing Authority, the body that would be managing the scheme. 

“There should be no middle men in this new scheme,” he added. 

The conference, themed A Healthy Nation Towards Vision 2020, will be held on Sept 13 and 14 at the Legend Hotel here. Organised by the Malaysian Professional Centre in collaboration with the MMA, it will see 20 professional bodies coming together. 

In addition to the scheme, topics to be covered are Restructuring of Government Health Facilities, Primary Healthcare-Driven System, Integration Between the Public and Private Sectors and Globalisation and Its Impact on Healthcare. 

The registration fee is RM300. For details, contact the conference secretariat at 03-77287171, fax: 03-77277354 or e-mail:  

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