KUALA LUMPUR: In moving towards a cashless society, the e-wallet has arrived at the government sector with the Health Ministry being the first to offer e-wallet use at its health clinics.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the ministry was introducing Boost e-wallet at four clinics first before expanding its use to other clinics and hospitals.
"With the number of patients increasing at the health clinics level, we need a more efficient registration process.
"The ministry has taken the initiative to implement the payment programme through the use of e-wallet," he said at the launch of e-wallet Boost at the Cheras Health Clinic on Tuesday (Nov 26).
In a press conference, Dr Dzulkefly said that the payment process using e-wallet will take only 30 seconds.
It is hoped that it would reduce waiting time at registration counters.
Malaysians seeking outpatient treatment at government health clinics will be charged RM1 for general consultation registration and RM5 for specialised consultation.
Besides the Cheras Health Clinic, the payment service method using Boost is available at Kuala Lumpur Health Clinic, Putrajaya Prescint 18 Health Clinic and Seremban Health Clinic.
In 2018, e-payment such as through the use of debit or credit card had been expanded in clinics in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
The ministry received as many as 20.85 million paying patients in 2017 and 20.84 million last year in its health clinics and as of September this year, it had touched 15.58 million patients.