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Keep it voluntary, the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) urged the Government on its proposal to make it compulsory for private doctors to work part-time in government hospitals to ease the shortage.
Some 8,000 private doctors and specialists nationwide will have to perform a stipulated number of hours of compulsory service in government hospitals every year.
Health screenings that include tumour markers to check for cancer are a waste of money, according to a leading cancer expert here.
The cost of the three-in-one combination drug treatment for HIV-infected patients will be reduced to between RM200 and RM220 from this month compared to the current RM1,200.
The economy is expected to grow at a higher rate than the initial forecast of 6.5% for this year, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Malaysians, the Government feels, are an unhealthy lot. A National Council for Fitness will therefore be formed not only to encourage a healthy lifestyle but also promote unity, sports and recreation.
Health Minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek will propose to the Cabinet that the public universities offering medical courses increase their intake and admit the 128 top-scoring students in the STPM and matriculation examinations who had been denied admissions.
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has directed Malaysian companies who have signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with their Chinese partners to put them into effect.
Malaysia has identified five sectors - construction, information technology, education, healthcare services and franchise arrangements - as core business areas of co-operation with China.
HOSPITALS here are wooing well-heeled health tourists from the Middle East, with at least three tying up with hotels and travel agents to offer package deals.