While Malaysia has a public healthcare system to boast about, it is at the same time plagued by brain drain, budget cuts and a bad rep when it comes to waiting time.
Public health services in Malaysia are financed through general tax revenue – not dissimilar to Britain’s National Health Service. This healthcare financing model, the Beveridge model, is a legacy that persists until today, and is still practised in many other countries in the world.
Malaysians have received heavily subsidised healthcare services from the government since independence; only a nominal fee or a co-payment of RM1 for outpatient treatment and RM5 for specialist outpatient treatment is required at government hospitals and health clinics.
The charges have remained constant since 1982, in accordance with the Fees (Medical) Order 1982 covering services such as registration, consultation, medication and investigations.
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