Nearly 50% of M'sians rely on govt healthcare coverage

Health Minister Datuk Seri Adham Baba.

PUTRAJAYA: Nearly half of Malaysians do not have any form of supplementary financial coverage for their healthcare needs and rely on the government, says the Health Ministry.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said 46% of the population, and 71% of the poorest 20% in the country, relied on existing tax-funded healthcare coverage provided by the government.

The majority of Malaysians (81%) used their income to pay for healthcare services.

"About 36% used their savings, and about 11% of Malaysians had to borrow from family and friends as a way to pay for healthcare services," he said.

It also found that only 22% of Malaysians were covered by personal health insurance.

The minister said this at the launch of the National Health and Morbidity Survey 2019 in the ministry headquarters in Putrajaya on Friday (May 29).

He added that there was a higher percentage of Malaysians who utilised in-patient government healthcare services (76%) compared to private facilities (24%).

The National Health and Morbidity Survey is conducted in cycles of four years, where the topic of the first year focuses on non-communicable diseases and demand for healthcare.

The survey has more than 32,000 respondents from all states across Malaysia.

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