The Health Ministry has promised a major increase in healthcare spending. Newly appointed Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said his target is to achieve healthcare spending of 6% to 7% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
He said that Malaysia is a high middle-income country but its spending on healthcare is around 4.4%, with only 2.2% from public expenditure and the rest from private expenditure. He hopes to overcome this obstacle and will fight for higher budgetary allocations.
On the Government’s annual budget allocation, he said he hoped to see an increase in the current RM26.5bil allocation.
“The Government has to put priority on the importance of health,” he said, adding that PakatanHarapan will look into its commitment to rebuild the country.
He also pointed out that some of the longstanding issues that he hopes to address are housemanship, expensive medicines and the long wait time in hospitals.
Other areas that will be addressed are traditional and complementary medicine, lifestyle changes and preventive methods that could help reduce healthcare costs.
Dr Dzulkefly said changes carried out by the ministry will be done once a complete “diagnosis” is done.
He also invited the media and the community to provide constructive feedback to the ministry.