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