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Charges at public hospitals, clinics won’t change with new scheme

August 29, 2018 4:03 AM
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PETALING JAYA: The proposed health scheme by the Health Ministry will not change the current charges at public hospitals and clinics but will benefit households in the bottom 40% group (B40), according to the source in the ministry.

"The charges of RM1 and RM5 that are currently imposed by the hospitals and clinics will not change. That is the status quo. We are still fine-tuning the scheme and discussions are being held between BNM and the Finance Ministry right now," the source told theSun.

It was also pointed out that this scheme is not the same as the previous government's 1Care healthcare plan proposal from 2012.

"All we have outlined right now is that treatment for B40 and below will be fully subsidised by the government and the current subsidised charges at the hospitals remain status quo," the source reiterated.

The other "details" that have since gone viral on social media, including a 5% deduction from salary, are merely speculations and are not true, it was said.

The social health scheme for households in the bottom 40% group (B40) will be implemented beginning next Jan, said Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

The discussion on the scheme was in the final stage and will be expanded to other categories of society, like the middle 40% (M40).


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