New Straits Times - - Letters -

THE Med­i­cal Prac­ti­tion­ers Coali­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia (MPCAM) is happy to note that the Malaysian Med­i­cal Coun­cil has, at its most re­cent meet­ing, di­rected its Ethics Com­mit­tee to de­lib­er­ate the is­sue on MCOs (man­aged care or­gan­i­sa­tions) and TPAs (third party ad­min­is­tra­tor), which made head­lines re­cently.

In­ci­den­tally, the Health Min­istry has taken the lead to solve this im­passe by meet­ing MPCAM and other doc­tors’ as­so­ci­a­tions last week.

The MPCAM has been vo­cif­er­ous on this is­sue on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions, where we have high­lighted feed­back from mem­bers re­gard­ing MCOs or TPAs, en­ter­ing into con­tracts with doc­tors, where the doc­tor would com­mit to pay a fee for each pa­tient re­ferred by the TPA.

Man­aged care has been a fea­ture of our health­care land­scape for about 22 years now. They serve to pro­vide in­ter­me­di­ary ser­vices to var­i­ous stake­hold­ers, such as in­sur­ers, cor­po­ra­tions, health­care providers and pa­tients.

Ini­tially, these deal­ings were spo­radic in na­ture. How­ever, for

SATUR­DAY, MAY 13, 2017

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