Up the health bud­get, Klang MP urges

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

AN Op­po­si­tion MP has called on Pu­tra­jaya to al­lo­cate an additional RM20.7bil to health­care spend­ing so that medicine can be more af­ford­able for Malaysians.

Klang MP Charles San­ti­ago ( pic) said the additional al­lo­ca­tion for the health­care bud­get can be re­alised by trans­fer­ring RM12.4bil from the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment and RM8.3bil from the De­fence Min­istry.

This would give a fur­ther in­jec­tion of RM20.7bil to the Health Min­istry’s ex­ist­ing bud­get al­lo­ca­tion, con­sis­tent with the 7% rec- om­men­da­tion by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion, he told re­porters at the Par­lia­ment lobby.

San­ti­ago stressed that af­ford­able health­care for Malaysians was cru­cial, as he quoted Health Min­is­ter Datuk Seri S. Subra­ma­niam say­ing that 39% of pri­vate med­i­cal health­care ex­pen­di­ture was out-of-pocket spend­ing.

There­fore, the pur­pose of the fund trans­fer is to en­sure that the Health Min­istry has suf­fi­cient money to grant ac­cess to af­ford­able medicine for all Malaysians.

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