KUALA LUMPUR: From Jan 1, the mySalam protection plan will be expanded to cover middle income individuals who earn an annual gross income of up to RM100,000.
That means individuals who each earn RM8,300 and below a month are eligible for the scheme.
Eligible individuals will receive critical illness payment of RM4,000 and income replacement of RM50 a day up to 14 days upon diagnosis and admitted to a government hospital. This will benefit five million individuals.
Meanwhile, the coverage for the low income B40 population will be expanded to cover 45 critical illnesses and polio compared with the current 36 critical illnesses.
The age covered will also be increased to 65 compared with the current 55. This is expected to benefit 1.5 million individuals.
Individuals diagnosed with critical illness from this year will receive a one-off RM8,000 payment under the mySalam scheme while those admitted could claim RM50 daily for up to 14 days.
All recipients of Bantuan Sara Hidup age 18 to 55 years old are currently automatically covered.Meanwhile, from next year, the government will also expand the Skim Peduli Kesihatan (PekaB40) to include individuals from age 40.
PekaB40 for health screening and early intervention of early NCDs such as cancer and mental health problems are currently provided for those age 50 to 60.
Up until now, 100,000 individuals have benefited from the initiative.
Meanwhile, from the RM30.6bil for healthcare allocation for next year, RM60mil will be provided for pneumococcal vaccine for all children.
RM1.6bil has been allocated for building new hospitals and upgrading work as well as expanding current hospitals – Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Klang, Hospital Kampar, Hospital Labuan and Cardiology Centre Hospital Queen Elizabeth II in Sabah.
Meanwhile, RM319mil are for building and upgrading health and dental clinics as well as quarters.
New clinics will be built in Setiu, Sungai Petani, Cameron Highlands and Kudat and Tawau in Sabah, and Long San and Sungai Simunjan in Sarawak.
A sum of RM227mil will be allocated to upgrade medical equipment and RM95mil to renovate infrastructure and medical facilities such as Hospital Pontian.
Meanwhile, RM59mil will be spent to increase the number of ambulance through collaboration with NGO ambulance services.
ICT services and upgrade will get RM31mil as a pilot project for Medical Electronic Record in hospital is being implemented.
Orang Asli and rural communities are not forgotten as RM5mil are allocated for mobile clinics to help them get medical treatment.
From the RM30.6bil, the operating expenditure increased from RM26.49bil to RM27.9bil, a RM1.41bil (5.3%) increase, while the development expenditure budget increased from RM2.18bil to RM2.7bil, a RM520mil (23.8%) increase.