Access to healthcare is a basic human right. The Malaysian government and in particular the Ministry of Health (MOH) have poured financial and human resources into providing dedicated primary and curative healthcare services to the general public since independence. From 2008-2014 hospital admissions have increased by 16.7% and 43.6% for government (MOH) and private hospitals respectively. Among the top 10 causes of hospitalisation, “certain infectious and parasitic diseases” account for 9.92% and 17.23% cases in MOH and private hospitals (Figure 1), up from 6.82% and 11.31% in 2012. This sets a worrying trend and adds to the financial burden for the government.
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