PUTRAJAYA: The Peduli Kesihatan scheme for B40 (PeKa B40) health protection plan will be implemented in stages starting March, says Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (pic).
The Health Minister said the scheme will kick off with a RM100mil allocation covering a pilot project that offers the programme to 800,000 recipients nationwide.
It will focus on health screening for those aged 50 and above for the B40 group.
The recipients are those aged 50 and above who receive Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) as well as their spouses.
"For the pilot project, PeKa B40 will cover 800,000 people based on a first come, first served basis. Those who go for health screenings first will receive the treatment," he said at the PeKa B40 soft launch on Monday (Jan 28).
Dr Dzulkefly said the scheme was fully sponsored by the government and is free for all eligible recipients, adding that it will be expanded in stages.
Recipients of BSH will automatically be part of the scheme and no registration is needed, he added.
The benefits of PeKa B40 include health screening, the buying of medical devices up to a maximum of RM20,000, payment-incentive RM1,000 when cancer treatment is completed and up to RM500 for
Peninsular Malaysia and RM1,000 for Sabah and Sarawak for transport allowance.
Dr Dzulkefly said that private GP clinics will be roped in to carry out the screenings as well and added that the clinics will be paid at a negotiated rate.
According to the ministry, PeKa B40 is managed by the government corporation ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn Bhd, a non-profit company set up up under the Health Ministry.
It is 100% own by the government with the intention of improving healthcare services access for Malaysians.
It was planned by the Health Ministry to value add and complement the current available services which non-PeKa recipients are currently receiving.