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Rm1 for medical care and medicine.

Is is still valid for a patient to pay RM1 to get a medical care in Malaysia?

This is not a post to clarify such thing but merely a thought of mine looking at how pity our healthcare system going on today.

Most non routine investigation we were unable to order anymore due to lack of budget to but reagent to run the test in the lab. Non routine does not really reflect the non routine-ness of the test. For example, to diagnose a thyroid problem you need thyroid function test and thyroid function test were not available in goverment hospital.

I've been asking for a lot of medication to be provided in my hospital but the number of medication in my hospital not increasing but decreasing. No budget to buy this no budget to buy that.

To get a scan, is a difficult thing to do. Some patient willing to pay to go to private hospital just for a scan. Not that we cannot give, but they do not want to wait for too long.

You can even compare private and goverment hospital surrounding. We used to joke last time when a private hospital was taken over by the government, eventually we felt that the elevators are cheap. A lot of clanking noise and always jammed a few times a day.

I think, more money should be spend to support free health care in this country. But we need to think about it logically...giving money to healthcare system is like giving donation. No benefit or income will be generated. The only thing we generate is health. To make people healthy is the utmost important thing other than money. But we can't give money to a dead end. Somehow we need to see the infrastructure.

To give money to ministry of education for example will bring more school building, more materials for teaching and etc.. to give money to ministry of health...you cannot see anything. You can see only people getting healthier.. More healthy people to become ill..thus in the end more ill people.. Money gone just like that.

We were actually very grateful that the government has spend a quite sum of money to bring free medical care in this country. Thanks to the people who always fight for the free healthcare. Without it, cannot imagine how difficult life would be.

We were proud that we can give free medicine to our citizen.

Somehow, our healthcare system has been labelled as second class as people can always get first class in private hospital. What you ask is what you get there.. in government, what you ask, not exactly what you will get.

I've encounter a few patient coming from private hospital trying to convert to government system. His or her medication provided by the private sector was all expensive medication. What we have here in government is the generic one only. Not that it does not work, it just cheaper.

To my surprise, people always abuse free medical care. Always came to hospital asking a lot medication like they are going to open a pharmacy at home. If you did not give, then they will complain to the BPA. A lot of people requesting for admission and as a courtesy, we cannot refused request admission accept we really don't have bed at that time.

Think, if the medical care is not free, this kind of people would not dare to come to hospital and request for admission and pay RM800 for only deposit like what non local are doing right now.

A lot of patient did not take medication. How much money have been spend to buy that medication for them yet they defaulted medication. All because the medication was free. If it is not, maybe they wont.

So, is it still worth it for people to pay only Rm1 to get all of the thing i've mention aboved? I don't know. Its not an answer..i just merely asking a question to myself...

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