Malaysia distributes RM4.2 million to clinics
The Malaysian Health Ministry has given out RM4.2million to 856 health clinic advisory panels (HCAP) nationwide with each receiving RM5,000. The hospital visitors’ board (HVB) are given RM10,000 annually. RM580,000 was given out last year to help hospitals and clinics run their activities.
HVB acts as the bridge between the community and government hospitals as they provide information to the public on the facilities and types of services available. The formation of HCAP and HVB came about as the government wanted the involvement of the community in the development of people’s health. The HVB was formed to help the hospital authority manage the welfare of the patients. They play an important role in organising and implementing activities for the benefit of the patients as well as the hospitals.
HCAP was launched in 1995 to promote close cooperation between patients and clinics to for public health. About 90 per cent of the 856 health clinics in the country have formed their own HCAP with a total membership of 14,665 people. HVB nationwide have a total of 2,336 members.