IPOH: The Federal Government has lauded the initiative taken by some insurance companies to extend their coverage to include mental health.
Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said it was a great effort to help those who are suffering from mental issues.
"We are happy that insurance companies have taken our suggestions to include the illnesses as an insurable condition.
"Other countries such as Singapore had practised this earlier, and I am glad we are heading in the same direction," he told a press conference at Taman Botani here Sunday (July 7).
It was reported that the Malaysian chapter of global insurance company AIA has included mental health as part of its insurance coverage in Malaysia.
"Since there is a wide spectrum of mental illness, we believe they are covering the serious ones that are clearly defined to avoid any disputes in future," Dr Lee said.
"Among these are major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Tourette's Syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder and Alzheimer's.
"As the government, we hope to see more similar initiatives and also involvement from the community to help those who are battling with mental illnesses," he added.
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