PETALING JAYA: The setting up of private commercial wings in government hospitals will give patients more options for treatment but guidelines and safeguards should be in place to ensure the best quality care, said Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) president elect Dr Teoh Siang Chin.
“This private-public mix health service is much welcomed and will help cross-subsidise some of the services for the needy in the public wing.
“These private wings would also offer our government healthcare staff an additional income.
“If the scheme is well considered and applied intelligently, it will go a long way towards addressing the disparity and disproportion of income as well as the maldistribution of doctors,” he said in a statement yesterday on behalf of his president Datuk Dr N. Arumugam when commenting on the Budget 2004.
The Government announced that private commercial wings would be set up in government hospitals to attract more medical specialists and enable serving doctors to enjoy better remuneration and provide treatment at reasonable charges.
Dr Teoh said MMA’s Section Concerning House Officers, Medical Officers and Specialists was positive that the decision would keep specialists and sub-specialists in the government service and continue to provide quality care.
“We suggest it would be desirable if the Government could discuss in depth with the association on the system of implementation, as we want to help maximise the advantages of this innovative proposal,” he added.
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