More money needed for proper healthcare

By Lim Chee Han, Photography Kwong Wah Yit Poh

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Healthcare allocation has no doubt increased in Budget 2015, but is it sufficient to cover the needs of our increasing population, on top of our goal to remain a medical tourism hub?Malaysia has a two-tier system of healthcare services: a state-led and publicfunded sector exists alongside a thriving private sector. The National Health and Morbidity Survey 2011 report estimates 4.3 outpatient visits to physicians per capita and 111 inpatient discharges per 1,000 capita per annum in Malaysia. The report also...

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Lim Chee Han

received his PhD in Infection Biology from Hannover Medical School, Germany. He is currently a senior analyst in the economics section at Penang Institute.

Photography Kwong Wah Yit Poh