Health Minister denies claims that MADANI Medical Scheme halted

by SHAUQI WAHAB / pic TMR FILE

THE Ministry of Health (MoH) has refuted claims that the MADANI Medical Scheme (SPM) involving private medical clinics (GPs) has been completely halted.

Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (picture), clarified that some GPs are still implementing the health initiative, focusing in 10 districts since June 15 last year.

The districts involved include Kuala Lumpur, Gombak, Hulu Langat, Petaling, Klang, Johor Bahru, Kinta, Timur Laut, Kota Kinabalu, and Kuching, with the primary goal of reducing patient congestion at MoH facilities.

“If you look based on future projections, weekly expenses in 10 districts amount to RM1.7 million,” he told Dewan Rakyat during the Minister Question Time today.

Dr Dzulkefly highlighted that focusing on the initial 10 districts is a financial sustainability measure, as extending it nationwide would incur costs between RM12 million to RM15 million per week.

“If we want to implement this nationwide, it will cost us a total spending of RM227 million,” he said, adding that On August 8, 2023, the scheme was extended to 11 districts as the second phase and subsequently expanded nationwide on September 19 as the third phase.

He was responding to question from Datuk Dr Alias Razak (PN-Kuala Nerus) regarding the cancellation of SPM services in private clinics.

Previously, several private clinics that had participated in the SPM posted notifications about the termination of the scheme via their respective social media.

Dr Dzulkefly also said that as of now, out of the allocated RM100 million, RM78.73 million has been spent on implementing the scheme, leaving a balance of RM16.2 million.

He also estimated that the entire allocation would be depleted by April.

Simultaneously, he encouraged the nation, particularly the B40 group, to leverage health programs such as PekaB40, MADANI Medical Scheme, and MADANI Afiat.

The Minister stressed the importance of fiscal sustainability in health policies, citing other health programs like PekaB40 and Afiat Scheme.

“The challenge of the policies is to make it sustainable, which is important. We also have other (medical) programs such as PekaB40 and the Afiat Scheme,” he said.

He emphasized the need for policies to yield better health outcomes, be sustainable, financially beneficial, and have long-term prospects while assuring the implementation through GPs would continue.