PRESS STATEMENT BY DATUK SERI DR S.SUBRAMANIAM, MINISTER OF HEALTH MALAYSIA
ON BUDGET 2018
YAB Prime Minister announced a very inclusive budget which addressed the needs of everyone. Our allocation for the year 2018 is almost RM27 billion as announced by our beloved Prime Minister. The Health Ministry has been given RM26.58 billion which is roughly a 9.5% or 1.7 billion increase from 2017 budget. The increase in budget allocation clearly shows the government gives priority to the healthcare needs of our Rakyat. We have proposed to the Prime Minister a very robust budget for healthcare, and I am pleased with the announcement as this will assist our ongoing health transformations initiatives apart from provide strong base for the health services to be provided to the Rakyat. This year, we have an allowance for new programmes, which will aid our efforts to increase awareness especially on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).
MOH had embarked in an community based health empowerment initiative called KOSPEN, which is a community health promotions programme. We launched it two years ago in which we have trained 40,000 volunteers among the community throughout the country. They have been given training to take blood preasure, blood glucose and give advice on health issues or simply known as “health ambassador” on the ground. So there are allocation of RM 30 million for that, we will empower them from within them so we can increase our war against NCDs. YAB PM also announced special allocation for dialysis treatment for hemodialysis patients involving RM90 million.
Moving forward, in creating a sustainable and resilient health system MOH had been allocated RM50 million to managed a major transformative effort called Voluntary Health Insurance or VHI, which is non profit oriented and voluntary basis insurance programme. In long term, we would be able to optimise our healthcare facilities in both government and private sectors and address the shortcoming within current private health insurance schemes.
Specifically from the budget, about RM4.1 billion goes for medicines, drugs, medical aids and other consumables. There is also RM1.4 billion allocation for maintenance and improvement of medical equipment and infrastructures at Muar Hospital, Banting Hospital and Balik Pulau Hospital. Besides that, a new 200 bedded cancer institute will be built in Sungai Petani with a cost of RM500 million, while special 300 bedded block for woman and children will be built at Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital and Putrajaya Hospital with a cost of RM1billion. Cardiothoraxic and Cardiology services wil be upgraded in Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital and Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital. Penang Hospital will be getting a new specialist clinic and wards for a cost of RM500million.
Looking at forensic component of the medical services and rising need for this service, we will build a forensic medical centre in Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL).
I am also pleased to see that RM30 million has been allocated to boost end-to-end service in medical health tourism as well as promote In Vitro Fertilization technology and cardiology services. Private hospitals will be incentivised to partake in the campaign through the Flagship Medical Tourism Hospital programme. This will be managed by Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council. MHTC, an agency within Ministry of Health will help maintain momentum for the medical tourism industry.
On separate announcement under the public service improvement, the government will introduce Flexi Working Hours for the senior specialist (UD54 and above, 4 years post-gazettment) whereby they will be given one day relaxation a week to do research, training or locum work. This is to incentivise our senior specialists by allowing some flexibility in their service. For 2018, RM2.2billion is also allocated for scholarship under Public Service Department in which some of this will be allocated to Ministry of Health for postgraduate education.
Thank you, Mr Prime Minister for a very people oriented budget fulfilling rakyat’s need in every aspect of their lives.
DATUK SERI DR S.SUBRAMANIAM
28 OCTOBER 2017