KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry is implementing a pool procurement system to bring down the costs of medical supplies.
The new system is also an effort to combat quack dentists in the country.
Director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Health Ministry’s recent approach to partner with other organisations and ministries to purchase medical supplies in bulk could be used to help drive down dental costs as well.
By doing so, he said, consumers would be less likely to seek out unqualified dentists who offer cheaper dental treatments.
“If we can bring down the costs (to) competitive market pricing on our part, we can win the war against quackery and fake (dental) practices,” he said at the Malaysian Dental Association scientific convention and trade exhibition in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre near here on Saturday (Jan 19).
He said to date more than 80 types of medicine had been placed under the central pool procurement system at the Health Ministry, who also partnered with the university hospitals under the Education Ministry, as well as the Armed Forces and the Prisons Department.
In the near future, he added, the government could also work with the private sector to purchase medical supplies so that prices of medical and dental treatment could decrease.
Noor Hisham was delivering the keynote address on behalf of Health minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad who could not attend the event.
Cases of quack dentists garnered much public attention when vocational college student Nur Farahanis Ezatty Adli was found to have operated an unregistered private dental clinic in Melaka.
In October 2017, the "YouTube-trained” bogus dentist was fined RM70,000 for operating a dental service without a licence.