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2018 Budget: RM27 Billion allocated for quality health service – Najib

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The government is allocating RM27 billion to provide quality healthcare services next year of which RM2.5 billion is allocated for medical supplies and RM1.6 billion for consumable and medical support items.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the total allocation also included RM1.4 billion for upgrading and maintaining healthcare facilities, medical equipment and ambulances, as well as construction of operation hall using a modular approach in Muar, Banting and BalikPulau hospitals.

He said it also upgrading cardiology and cardiothoracic services at Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital in Kuala Terengganu and SultanahBahiyah Hospital in AlorSetar.

"RM100 million is allocated to upgrade hospitals and clinics, including wiring systems and RM50 million (is allocated) for haemodialysis assistance with a subsidy of RM100 from the overall treatment cost of RM110 per session.

"This means, beginning 2018, registered patients only pay RM10 per session for treatment," he said when tabling the 2018 Budget in Parliament today.

Najib said an additional RM40 million would be allocated for the Medical Aid Fund, RM10 million for the treatment of increasing cases of rare diseases and RM30 million would be provided for the Healthy Community Empowers the Nation programme to create awareness about non-communicable diseases in 10,000 locations nationwide.

He said RM50 million would be allocated for Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme to enhance the health sector.

Apart from that, Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said the government would also build new hospitals and wards , including two blocks of women and children wards at TengkuAmpuanAfzan Hospital in Kuantan and at Putrajaya Hospital with a capacity of 300 beds each, with a cost of RM1 billion.

He said RM500 million would be allocated for the construction of a Cancer Centre at Sungai Petani, at a cost of RM500 million, with a capacity of 200 beds and another RM500 million for the construction of a building block for a specialist clinic and a new ward at Pulau Pinang Hospital with a capacity of 300 beds.

An allocation of RM380 million is set aside for the construction of an international standard forensic medical service centre at Kuala Lumpur Hospital, he added.


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