Survey shows many find hike a bitter pill to swallow


  • Nation
  • Friday, 07 Mar 2014

PETALING JAYA: A survey by The Star has indicated that most respondents are troubled by the rise in private medical fees with many saying they will opt for traditional medicine, self and over-the-counter medication to cut costs.

Mohammad Fauzi, 37, for one was worried for his diabetic mother.

“With higher costs now, I think she is going to rely more on traditional medicine,” he said.

“Many others will likely engage in self-medication for common illnesses in order to avoid going to clinics.”

College student Steffe Chong, 21, said the increase was unfair.

“It would be justifiable to up the cost of consultation a bit but not over 200%,” she said. “Doctors are going to lose their patients.”

Nick Chong, 25, also said an increase above the 14.4% cap was unfair to patients. “Yes, there are overheads but doctors are supposed to serve the people.”

 

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Health D-G clarifies private medical fee increase

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