AN opposition MP has proposed that the Government allows part of the Employees Provident Fund's (EPF) statutory deduction be used to pay the contributors' insurance premiums for the proposed National Health Financing Scheme.
Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (Keadilan Permatang Pauh) said if introduced, the public would be guaranteed of health treatment at all times under the proposed scheme that would involve the payment of health insurance premiums.
I understand that the Government is waiting for the right time to implement the proposed scheme. However, not everyone can afford to pay the premiums, she said when debating the 2004 Budget.
Wan Azizah also proposed that the Government approve a medical treatment payment scale and procedure to control treatment costs which are so much higher than that of other Asian countries and Australia.
She said treatment cost for a simple procedure at private hospitals is between RM3,000 and RM5,000 each while a surgery would cost between RM15,000 and RM30,000 each.
Treatment cost for chronic diseases, she said, would be between RM200,000 and RM300,000 each.
She said the Government should also control the cost of medicines sold at its pharmacies, as there were cases where the cost was 300% higher than that of private clinics.
On the government's proposal to list Felda on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE), she claimed that 150,000 families of Felda settlers should at least get RM29,000 each instead of RM6,000 each as announced during the Budget tabling.
The settlers have contributed towards Felda fund amounting to RM2.6bil, she said, adding that Felda Holdings had recorded an after-tax profit on the average of RM290mil and it has a market value of not less than RM4.35bil.
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