Boost day­care ser­vices, pri­vate hos­pi­tals told


KUALA LUMPUR: Pri­vate hos­pi­tals have been told to step up their day­care ser­vices to avoid con­ges­tion.

Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of Health Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Ab­dul­lah said it has come to his at­ten­tion that day­care ser­vices were un­der­used.

Noor Hisham said the con­cept of day­care ser­vices im­plies that the pa­tients go to hos­pi­tals to un­dergo di­ag­nos­tic or ther­a­peu­tic pro­ce­dures and re­turn home on the same day. He said over the last two Malaysia plans, the Min­istry of Health has built ded­i­cated “Am­bu­la­tory Care Cen­tres” (ACC) for this pur­pose at some of the state and ma­jor spe­cial­ist hos­pi­tals.

The min­istry has nine such pur­pose­built ACCs con­sist­ing of mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary units and over 130 pub­lic hos­pi­tals pro­vid­ing day­care ser­vices.

Day­care ser­vices aim to al­low the pa­tient to re­turn home on the day of surgery with min­i­mal dis­rup­tion to daily life; help el­derly peo­ple avoid the dis­ori­en­ta­tion and de­creased func­tion­al­ity as­so­ci­ated with hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sion; re­duce costs as­so­ci­ated with in­pa­tient hos­pi­tal stay; re­duce sur­gi­cal wait­ing time for pa­tients; avoid risk of in­fec­tions; en­cour­age in­creased use of day­care ser­vices for sick chil­dren be­cause it pro­vides min­i­mal sep­a­ra­tion from par­ents and re­duces ex­po­sure to hos­pi­tal en­vi­ron­ment; and to re­duce in­pa­tient ad­mis­sion.

Noor Hisham said the move al­lows full use of health ser­vices by pa­tients more in need.

Cit­ing Ipoh Hos­pi­tal as an ex­am­ple, he said some 40-45% of the cases can be treated at day­care ser­vices.

He urged in­sur­ers to al­low pa­tients to make claims for day­care ad­mis­sions.

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