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.