Budget Cuts Wounding Public Health

loading

“Health is everything. As such, concerted efforts will be implemented to enhance the health levels of the rakyat and quality of the healthcare in the country,” said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak during the tabling of Budget 2017.

However, the ability of the government to deliver on this promise may be jeopardised by the serious budgetary reductions in public health and medical care operational expenditure (Opex). This year, medical care services, which cover hospital supplies, blood transfusion medication and pharmaceutical supplies, suffered an RM589mil allocations cut, dropping by 12.9% from RM4.576bil in 2016 to RM3.987bil in 2017. Public health allocations fared even worse, falling from RM1.483bil in 2016 to RM1.245bil in 2017, amounting to a 16% reduction.


To read the rest of the article and to access our e-Archive, subscribe to us for RM150 a year.



Related Articles

UTTER ECONOMICS
Jul 2014

The Grey World of Capital Movements

Capital flight is an emotional term, but what exactly does it mean?

UTTER ECONOMICS
Feb 2010

Penang's economic fate: A tale of three cities

Penang needs a rapid industrial transformation, or risks falling further behind.

UTTER ECONOMICS
Mar 2015

The financial state of Malaysian states

We examine the finances of Malaysia's states, from richest to poorest and everything in between.