MMA urges govt to raise allocation for robust healthcare system



KUALA LUMPUR The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) is urging the government to consider increasing allocations and to prioritise spending on preventive medicine, education and upgrading of primary care facilities.


Its president, Dr N. Ganabaskaran said a higher allocation was much needed for a robust healthcare system to manage the prolonged COVID-19 situation in the country.


“Public health and primary care as the forefront of prevention are areas that should be given more emphasis in our healthcare system. The continual rise in cases of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is indeed a major concern.




“An alarming 1.7 million people in Malaysia have all three risk factors for diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, the three main NCDs. More will need to be spent on education and prevention efforts,” he said in a statement today.


“Outsourcing of NCD management to the private GP clinics which has long been overdue should be prioritised during the recovery period as it can significantly reduce overcrowding in our public healthcare facilities. The closer, more regular scheduled appointments with GPs may also significantly improve health outcomes.”


Dr Ganabaskaran said this in response to PKR president, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and the party’s health spokesman, Dr Lee Boon Chye’s recent suggestion that there should be an increase of 20 per cent in operating expenditure and staffing for public health over the next two years.




Source: BERNAMA News Agency