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Don’t kid with kidney failure

The number of dialysis patients will more than double by 2040 if chronic kidney disease is not properly addressed. As part of the remedy, the Government plans to boost organ transplants in the country.


Depression: Health Ministry needs to boost mental health facilities

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry is looking to expand and improve facilities needed for mental health treatment, but the urgency of the upgrades depends on the diseases burden to the nation.


As Malaysia grows older, healthy solutions for the aged are needed

As the nation's population becomes older, we need more integrated solutions for our elderly to live healthily.


Wanted – oncologists and specialist docs who treat cancer

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is in serious need of oncologists and specialist doctors who treat cancer.


Help is on the way

The world marked World Cancer Day this month, on Feb 4. In Malaysia, the fight against the disease is still an uphill climb due to a lack of oncologists and other professionals as well as low health literacy among the rakyat.


Doctors eyeing bundle system to cut rising medical costs

General practitioners are following in the footsteps of those in public hospitals by going ‘bundling’. They will start packaging consultation, diagnosis and treatment to standardise charges. While they are asking for higher fees, the Health Ministry assures the people that they will not have to pay more.


Aged Healthcare Bill in final stages

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry wants to help old folks home operators comply with the proposed Aged Healthcare Act before the enforcement kicks in.


Healing Malaysia’s healthcare system

With patients and stakeholders blaming private hospitals for the spike in healthcare costs, Sunday Star speaks to Private Hospital Association Malaysia president Datuk Dr Jacob Thomas about keeping medical care affordable and revamping the national healthcare system.


Cutting costs, not care

The Government is urged to intervene to keep healthcare costs reasonable.


No more unneeded tests, hospitals told

EXCLUSIVE: Public hospitals will be more judicious in recommending medical tests for patients to keep costs down. From next month, these hospitals will start a ‘bundle system’ to avoid problems like too many or too frequent tests.