WE refer to the letter “Poor care for foreign workers” (The Star, Dec 4).
We would like to thank the writer for highlighting this issue and sharing his experience on the services provided by Klinik Kesihatan Pasir Gudang.
We regret that his worker experienced inconveniences from the visit to our clinic.
Services provided at health clinics (klinik kesihatan) are heavily subsidised by government. With RM15 registration fee for foreigners, they have the benefit to all the services provided by the health clinic offered on humanitarian grounds.
The actual cost for any visit for each service provided to an immigrant easily would have cost much more factoring the overhead cost for consultation, drugs, lab and radiology tests if required.
Hence a 5-day medication should be adequate for the management of mild conditions and sufficient period of time for them to continue the care at private facilities, if required.
The staff did not act on their own but complied with the circular issued by the Health Ministry dated 31 March, 2014 (KKM-55/BPF/104/012/10 Jld 9(41)), on “Supply of medicine to foreigners at Health Ministry facilities” which stipulated that medication for foreigners with non-communicable diseases need to be limited only to five days and the subsequent prescription for continuation of treatment need to be borne by the patient.
Hence, our medical officer had acted accordingly based on the directive issued.
DATUK DR MOHD KHAIRI YAKUB
Johor Health Department
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