Private Health and Social Sector Growing by Leaps and Bounds

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s private healthcare and social work services sector has been growing by leaps and bounds, the Department of Statistics 2016 Economic Census revealed.

The country has some 14,930 private establishments providing general and specialised medical services, dental services, hospital services, dialysis centres, child day-care, residential care and maternity homes among others, in 2015.

These establishments contributed RM16.8bil to Malaysia’s economy in 2015, compared to RM10.4bil from 9,152 such establishments in 2010.

Some 121,088 people were employed in this sector in 2015, out of which 88.5% are full-time employees, 2.2% are paid part-time employees while the remaining 9.3% are owners or unpaid family workers.

Female workers outnumbered male wor­kers in all qualifications, except at the post-graduate level where more men (5,000) were employed than women (2,874).

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InsigHT 2017: Leading Industry Experts to Share Trends on Medical Travel

KUALA LUMPUR, September 13, 2017 – The upcoming InsigHT 2017, an initiative by Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC), also known as Malaysia Healthcare, is a conference that aims to focus on providing an engaging platform for key medical travel players to discuss the rapid evolution of medical affairs – and share insights on how they are adapting fundamental processes and strategies.


The conference which will be held on September 26 and 27, 2017, at Connexion @ Vertical Hotel, Bangsar South, will cover in-depth case studies and expert discussions.


“InsigHT 2017 will also provide a valuable touchstone on where medical travel affairs stands today, and how it stands to transform over the next 5-10 years. In addition to that, this second edition of InsigHT 2017 will cover a broad spectrum of medical travel topics such as global outlook on medical travel, current landscape of medical travel in the region, and harnessing the digital content within the industry. It is an ideal avenue to bring together leaders from the medical travel eco-system and create a networking opportunity. Attendees will also have a chance to be part of MHTC’s exclusive workshops during the conference, as well as consultation with MHTC experts,” said the Chief Executive Officer of MHTC, Sherene Azli.


The conference will be officiated by the Minister of Health Malaysia, Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam, who will also be delivering the keynote address. InsigHT 2017 features distinguished panelists and speakers from as far as the UK and China such as Sherene Azli, CEO of MHTC, Dato’ Dr. Jacob Thomas, President of the Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM), and Anwar Anis, Project Consultant
TEHealthcare Asia, from Malaysia; Keith Pollard, Managing Editor of International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ) from the UK; Dr. HM Goh, CEO of TransformHealth Asia, from China; and Lexi Fletcher, Strategic Planning Director of Ogilvy Commonhealth, and Varun Panjwani, CEO of Global Health & Travel, from Singapore.


Registration for InsigHT 2017 is still open! In conjunction with Malaysia Day, MHTC is offering a special promotion, valid until September 20. Participants are entitled to a 50% discount on their second purchase, and for every purchase of two tickets, participants will receive the third ticket for free, subject to terms and conditions. This conference is also HRDF claimable for Malaysian delegates. Doctors and nurses can also collect CPD points.


For more information about this exclusive promotion and to register for the conference please visit or contact: (i) Dr. Vikkineshwaran Siva at M: +6012-2096104 E: or (ii) Ms. Doreen Loh at M: +6012-655 3299 E:

‘Fees for upgrading skills must be reasonable’

PETALING JAYA: Specialists welcome skills upgrade but do not want it to be commercially driven, says the Association of Specialists in Private Medical Practice (ASPMP).


Its president Dr Sng Kim Hock said the association fully supported the requirement to upgrade skills with continuing medical education but pointed out that fees must be reasonable.


“The Malaysian Medical Council (MMC), besides safeguarding the sick and the public, must also assist in ensu­ring that seminars and conferences that are credentialed with points are accessible to all, especially those in the districts and Sabah and Sarawak.


“Universities and the council should actively play a role in supporting the MMA (Malaysian Medi­­cal Association), Academy of Medi­­cine and professional bodies in provi­ding regular programmes throughout the year.


“There are concerns about funding for the council now that it has become autonomous, and we hope these programmes, if run under the council, become affordable as currently doctors in private practice are already facing a financial crunch,” he said when commenting on the Medical (Amend­ment) Act 2012 and Medical Regu­­lations 2017, which came into force yesterday..


Dr Sng said ASPMP suggested 10 points for the first three years of implementation to allow a smooth transition, as 20 points could be taxing too many doctors.


According to the MMC-CPD gra­­ding system scoring schedule, an example of a 20-point fulfilment is a local or international medical congress that is conducted for not less than three full days (five to eight hours per day) and involves speakers of international standing and other conditions.


A scientific meeting of less than two hours would give one point.


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Making it cheaper for patients

The Star Sunday, 18 June 2017

PETALING JAYA: Consumers will soon be able to make better decisions when buying medicine, with a proposal by the Government to compel pharmaceutical companies to declare the prices of drugs to the Health Ministry.

This, in turn, would lead to the recommended retail price (RRP) of drugs being displayed on the product packaging and prevent retailers from making unreasonable increases in pricing.

“This will promote transparency in the pricing of medicines and drugs,” said Health Ministry deputy director-general Datuk Dr Jeyain­­dran Sinnadurai.

“But if retailers want to push the price even lower than the recommended retail price, no problem,” he said when contacted recently.

The move is still at an early stage but is in line with the ministry’s plan to compel drug price disclosure under a proposed amendment to the Sale of Drugs Act 1952 (Revised – 1989).

Ministry (pharmaceutical services division) senior director Dr Salmah Bahri had said earlier that the amendment would make it compulsory for companies and suppliers to register the retail prices of their products with the Govern­ment’s database, or face penalties.

“At present, there is already a database of some 23,000 drugs and medicines,” she said, adding that the ministry now wanted to make it mandatory for pharmaceutical companies to register the prices.

Dr Jeyaindran said displaying the RRP to consumers would stabilise pricing.

“Such added transparency in the pricing of drugs and medicines is practised by countries like India and Australia.

“Malaysia is trying to move in this direction as well,” he said.

On whether or not the proposed move would affect the pricing of medicines at clinics, he said this was unlikely because those medicines would be purchased in bulk.

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University Teaching Hospitals Form Consortium To Save Costs

The Star Friday, 16 June, 2017

PUTRAJAYA, 16 June 2017 – The country’s five university teaching hospitals have formed a strategic partnership in an effort to save costs and deal with budget cuts.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said this could result in at least a 30% savings in the purchase of medication and medical equipment for them.

“Within three months (of forming this strategic partnership), you can see a real reduction in costs,” he told reporters after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) at his ministry yesterday.

The five hospitals are University of Malaya Medical Centre, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Universiti Sains Malaysia Medical Centre, International Islamic University Malaysia Medical Centre and Universiti Teknologi Mara Teaching Hospital.

The universities running these hospitals — Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), International Islamic University Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Mara — signed the MoA to form the Public University Teaching Hospitals Consortium.

“As a sign of support, this strategic partnership will include Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, National Defence University of Malaysia and Uni­versiti Malaysia Sarawak which offer medical courses but do not have their own teaching hospital.

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Half found with health risks

PETALING JAYA: Socso’s programme to screen employees for non-communicable diseases (NCD) has uncovered some worrying finds.


More than half of the employees who underwent its free health screening program (HSP) from 2013 were found to be at risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.


While health experts have pointed to lifestyle and eating habits as the root of the problem, Socso is renewing its call for more Malaysians to undergo the free health screening to detect problems before they get too serious.


Employers who are alarmed with the high numbers have also expressed concern over the costs they have to bear for their sick employees.


Analysis on 308,039 employees who underwent the health screening programme from January until Dec 31 showed that 36.94% of the employees were overweight, 17.63% were obese, 13.14% had hypertension and 8.45% have diabetes.


It also showed that 61.76% of the employees had hypercholesterolemia – the presence of an abnormally large amount of cholesterol in the blood.


The analysis showed that 110,932 workers were overweight with a body mass index (BMI) reading of 25-29.99 while 52,938 were obese with a BMI above 30.




Medical schedule shows hikes of more than 200%

The Star Thursday March 6, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM


PUTRAJAYA: Private medical fees are up, but there is confusion over the exact percentage of the rise.


While the Health Minister said the increase has been capped at 14.4%, – less than half the amount the Malaysian Medical Association had requested – the medical schedule showed hikes of a more than 200% on certain fee ceilings.


Consultation fees, for instance, increased from a range of RM10-RM35 to a new range of RM30-RM125.


Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, however, said the fees were the maximum amount that doctors were allowed to charge and they were free to charge less.


“Those (in the fee schedule) are the maximum rates. We are protecting the people from being charged exorbitantly by the private sector,” he said here yesterday.


Dr Subramaniam said the ministry had rejected the Malaysian Medical Association’s request for a 30% increase.


He added that the 14.4% increase was reasonable given that the inflation rate was around 23%.


On Monday, an online news portal highlighted that an amendment to the 13th Schedule of the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998 had been implemented in a hush manner.


The Private Hospitals and Other Private Healthcare Facilities Regulations 2006 of the Act, which was published in the federal gazette on Dec 16 last year, provides for the maximum chargeable fees for registered medical and dental practitioners practising in private hospitals in terms of their professional fees such as consultation and performance of procedures.





Sime Darby’s Health Booster

Saturday March 30, 2013 (Source: The Star)


The diversified conglomerate is set to transform itself into a regional healthcare player as it enters into a partnership with Ramsay.


HEALTHCARE may be one of the smallest earnings contributors among the diversified range of businesses under Sime Darby Bhd, but the division remains a critical growth component for the overall health of the group.

It is, after all, as Sime Darby Healthcare Sdn Bhd (SDHS) managing director Raja Azlan Shah Raja Azwa puts it, “a stable cash flow business”, with tremendous growth opportunities to offer.


SDHS is the wholly owned subsidiary of Sime Darby, whose ambition to expand its healthcare business beyond Malaysian shores has been well-articulated in the group’s five-year strategic blueprint for financial years 2011 to 2016.


That dream is one step closer to reality now that it has found a strategic partner in Australia’s Ramsay Health Care Ltd.


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Malaysia now listed on world medical tourism site

SUNDAY March 31, 2013 (Source: The Star)


Malaysia has been listed as a medical tourism destination on, a portal that provides tips and features for foreign patients seeking comprehensive healthcare services.


The portal and ratings site, which has offices in San Francisco and Bangkok, has detailed profiles of over 400 healthcare providers in Asian countries known for their advanced medical care centres.


“Asian countries such as Singapore, India and Thailand have established themselves as heavyweights in the multi-billion-dollar health and medical tourism market by offering patients from abroad the chance to receive convenient, high-quality, and affordable healthcare that they can’t get at home.


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Healthy growth for health sector

Friday March 22, 2013 (Source: The Star)


Malaysia’s health travel sector generated RM571mil while exports of its pharmaceutical products earned RM562mil in 2012 alone, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.


This was due to the Government’s efforts in promoting medical tourism through improved customer experience, proactive alliances and niche marketing.


“Through 13 Entry Point Projects (EPPs), the National Key Economic Areas for health aspire to contribute RM32.4bil to Malaysia’s gross national income by 2020,” he said at the Economist Conferences’ 4th annual Healthcare in Asia 2013 here yesterday.


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