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Science and unity will save us

The coronavirus outbreak is a fight between species, not between countries. Therefore, science and unity will save Malaysia.

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Malaysia does not have a good record of transparency

In healthcare especially, more transparency on data and procurements would instil greater trust in our Health Ministry.

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Lessons we can learn from Vision 2020

Although Vision 2020 has been replaced by other development plans, there are lessons we can take away from this first vision of Malaysia as a developed nation.

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Reforming Malaysia's medical education system

There are a number of means by which we can help improve our local medical education system in both the short term and the long run.

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Is our healthcare system in crisis?

Is the reemergence of polio after decades and the sudden planned deregulation of doctors' fees an indication that our health system is starting to unravel?

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A single admissions test to select the best medical students

We all want our doctors to be the best society can produce, but what does the "best" mean and how do we select for it?

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How many medical schools does Malaysia really need?

The Government needs to take a bigger role in controlling the number of medical schools recognised both in and out of Malaysia, in order to ensure quality healthcare for all Malaysians.

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How many doctors does Malaysia really need?

The Health Ministry has set a target of one doctor to 400 Malaysians, but where does this number come from and is it the optimal ratio?

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Budget 2020: More for healthcare with some missed opportunities

While Budget 2020 increased the allocation for the Health Ministry, there were some areas they missed out on.

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Solving the bottomless demand for healthcare

While no one wants to be sick, those who do fall ill may sometimes demand or be given unneeded interventions, creating unnecessary demand for healthcare.

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Budget 2020: Making the Budget as fair as possible

While the facts of life might make it impossible to create an entirely fair Budget, here are three methods to make allocations as fair as possible.