Health Min­istry hopes for zero bud­get cuts

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PETALING JAYA: The gov­ern­ment should not im­pose cuts on the Health Min­istry’s bud­get al­lo­ca­tion for 2017 to en­sure the pub­lic con­tinue to get the best health­care avail­able.

Deputy Health Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Ya­haya said de­spite the cur­rent eco­nomic cli­mate, he hoped the gov­ern­ment would not cut the min­istry’s al­lo­ca­tion.

“We hope to at least get the bud­get al­lo­cated to us in 2016.

“Noth­ing less be­cause we can­not af­ford that,” he said af­ter of­fi­ci­at­ing Getz Health­care (M) Sdn Bhd’s of­fice, here, yes­ter­day.

When asked on the cost-cut­ting mea­sures im­ple­mented this year, Hilmi said at the mo­ment med­i­cal equip­ment had to be ac­quired in phases to ease the de­mand in hos­pi­tals.

“In the fu­ture, the min­istry is also look­ing at pur­chas­ing med­i­cal equip­ment through a leaserental agree­ment which will re­sult in more money be­ing saved.

“This is be­cause many types of med­i­cal equip­ment in­clud­ing the Mag­netic Res­o­nance Imag­ing (MRI) ma­chine, Com­put­erised To­mog­ra­phy (CT) scan ma­chine and ul­tra sound ma­chines in gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals and clin­ics are at least 10 to 15 years old.

“These ma­chines are either due for re­place­ment or re­fur­bish­ment,” he said.

The Ba­lik Pu­lau MP, how­ever, re­as­sured that medic­i­nal sup­plies are cur­rently not af­fected.

“The min­istry can­not cut down the sup­ply of medicines.

“In terms of value the min­istry is cur­rently sup­ply­ing 50% generic medicines and 50% orig­i­nal medicines to the peo­ple,” he said. – by G. Su­rach

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