‘Do not charge retirees, and the disabled’
> Action will be taken, ministry warns teaching hospitals
KUALA LUMPUR: Action will be taken against teaching hospitals if they charge retirees and disabled patients for medical treatment.
Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching urged Tan Kok Wai (DAP-Cheras) to submit to the ministry the alleged letter of attorney sent to patients demanding for the bills to be settled, when they are in fact eligible for free treatment.
“I urge you to submit the letter to the ministry and we will investigate it. University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC) give free treatment to the disabled and retired patients. They cannot force them to pay for treatment,” she said.
Tan had asked the ministry to state the rationale behind the actions of UMMC and Hospital Tuanku Muhriz (under UKMMC) of summoning the patients to court for failing to settle their bills in full.
Yap said the medical costs in these hospitals are according to a standard operating procedure decided by the government. “The service charge committee monitors and compares the costs with the Health Ministry and private hospitals and then approved by the managing board represented by the ministry, Finance Ministry and Health Ministry,” she said.