‘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.

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