By AUFA MARDHIAH / Pic by BLOOMBERG
The Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM) is ready to assist public hospitals in treating non-covid patients in the country as the latter are more focused on the treatment of Covid-19 patients, since the emergence of Delta last year.
This is in line with the recent recommendation of the Ministry of Health (MOH) which suggested that private hospitals assist in clearing out the 50,000 surgical and medical procedures within this year.
Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh, President of APHM, emphasised that the excess patients should be transferred to the private hospitals at reasonable reimbursements as it was done the previous year.
“We are happy to continue this effort to help the 50,000 patients in the government waiting to be treated and in-depth discussion on the methodology should be convened very quickly.
The balance of patients that cannot be treated early at the public facilities should be transferred to the private hospitals at reasonable reimbursements as it was done last year. This will help to clear the back-log at a faster rate as it will not be realistic for the government hospitals to do this on their own,” he said in a statement.
According to him, private hospitals are no less great than public hospitals as all its consultants, specialists and nurses are proven to be competent; 95% of them were formally trained at public hospitals previously.
Furthermore, the number of private hospitals is also higher in Malaysia compared to public hospitals with equipped facilities to assist with investigation and treatment.
“We are happy to work with the Ministry of Health and also to participate in the Health Reform Commission when approved by the Parliament. These initial steps of treating government sponsored patients with adequate funding from the government at a private hospital will be part of the building blocks of new health care policy for the future,” he added.