PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry is studying ways to reduce the cost of cancer treatment in private hospitals, says its minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
He said efforts involved the amendment to drug control procedures to determine the prescribed treatment price.
“This (study) is being done with the cooperation of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry and other agencies to look at the prices and control of medicines in cancer treatment.
“However, in terms of treatment under the Health Ministry, there is no problem relating to costs because everything is controlled by the ministry,” he said, adding that the ministry needed some time to carry out the study.
Speaking during a press conference after officiating the World Cancer Day Run programme at the National Cancer Institute here yesterday, he urged all Malaysians, regardless of their age to undergo early cancer screening at any government hospital or clinic.
He said the delay in detecting cancer early was one of the main causes why it was expensive to treat.
Dzulkefly said the government was actively conducting various awareness campaigns to reduce the risk of cancer among Malaysians.
“It includes non-smoking campaigns besides awareness on reducing intake of sugar and alcohol.
“Based on studies by the World Health Organisation, between 30% and 50% of cancer cases can be prevented through a healthy lifestyle,” he said. — Bernama