Malaysia needs an equitable healthcare system

By Toh Kin Woon

March 2011 FEATURE
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6A few years ago, the government announced its intention to restructure the country’s health system, particularly the financing and delivery of health services. Are the increasing privatisation and marketisation of health services desirable?How can Malaysia’s healthcare system be made more equitable?Malaysia’s relatively equitable health system of the pastAny humane society must adopt the principle that healthcare is a right of all its citizens and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognises “the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the...

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Toh Kin Woon

is a senior research fellow at the Penang Institute.