KUALA LUMPUR: The Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM) is urging the Health Ministry to allow a review to increase general practitioners' (GPs) fees in clinics.
Its president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh said GPs play a vital role in the provision of healthcare as front liners and also function as gatekeepers for already overcrowded public sector facilities.
"It's best the valid concerns of the GP be addressed soonest," he said in a statement on Tuesday (May 21).
Dr Kuljit said that GP fees as stated the 7th Schedule of the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services (Private Medical Clinics and Private Dental Clinics) Regulations 2006 have not changed in 27 years.
Fees are adopted from the Fees Schedule of the Malaysian Medical Association 1992, he said.
GPs have been calling on the government to harmonise their fees with the fees of medical officers in private hospitals as provided for in Schedule 13 of the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services (Private Hospitals and Other Private Healthcare Facilities) Regulations 2006 when it was revised in 2013.
"GP fees were unfortunately missed out in this exercise," said Dr Kuljit.
"If GPs are forced to close their practices due to rising cost of healthcare delivery and static professional fees, patients will flow to public facilities which are already heavily utilised," he said.