Thursday, March 06, 2014

More cost for Private Healthcare

Private Healthcare Facilities and Services (Amendment) Order 2013

The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) and other medical groups insisted that medical services fees should go up by 30%, to cope with rising living costs. Charges, they claim, have stayed the same for almost three decades. The Minister of Health promised to look into their problems.
Section 106(2) of the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998, grants the Health Minister the power to amend prices in the 13th Schedule by way of an order published in the gazette, after consulting the ministry’s director-general.

New Regulations
It was reported by Malaysiakini on 4 March, 2014 that the amendment of 13th schedule of the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998 was published in the federal gazette on Dec 16, 2013, providing for across-the-board increases in fees for medical consultation and procedures (refer to appendix 1) up to 257%. Medical procedures also saw a price hike between 14% and 18%.
Fees by private health providers are regulated by the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998. Those who break the law can be fined up maximum of RM30,000 and face a three-month jail term. They can be fined up to RM2,000 per day for every day the offence continues after conviction.

MMA’s response
The cost of running medical practices varies across the country, including employing general practice staff and operating expenses such as computers, rent, electricity, general insurance and professional insurance among others.
MMA has always encouraged medical practitioners to determine their fees based on their own practice costs and the ability of patients to pay.

What do they do?
Fees Before Dec 2013
Fees After Dec 2013
% increase
General Practitioners (GPs) at clinics with pharmaceutical services
Consultation, either with examination and/or treatment plan
RM10 to RM35
RM30 to RM125
200% to 257%
GPs at clinics without pharmaceutical services
Consultation, either with examination and/or treatment plan
RM30 to RM125
RM35 to RM145
16% to 17%
Specialist (First visit)
Consultation, either with examination and/or treatment plan
RM60 to RM 180
RM80 to RM235
31% to 33%
Specialist (Follow-up)
Consultation, either with examination and/or treatment plan
RM35 to RM90
RM40 to RM105
14% to 17%
Consultation either with examination and/or treatment plan
RM25 to RM250
RM30 to RM285
14% to 20%
Post-extraction bleeding
RM50 to RM300
RM55 to RM345
10% to 15%
Removal of plaque and/or extrinsic stains
RM60 to RM250
RM70 to RM285
14% to 17%

Thursday, February 27, 2014

1Malaysia Entrepreneurship (1MeT) Opportunities

1Malaysia Entrepreneurship (1MeT) is one of the initiatives under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) 9. NBOS is in fact an integral part of the Government’s drive in transforming Malaysia into a developed country focusing on social transformation agenda. The objective of the transformation agenda, alongside with Economic Transformation Program (ETP) and Government Transformation Program (GTP) is creating a wealthy and happy Malaysia. The aim is to have Malaysians in all walks of life will not complain much on problems like unemployment, high rate of taxes, low purchasing power, insufficient income or security concerns. In other words the objective of the transformations is to create a happy country.

The essence of 1MeT is to enable entrepreneurs from all segments of society to successfully start and grow their own businesses. There will be plenty of programs in store to achieve that objective and the Government has outlined several entrepreneurship-related efforts to be carried out all year round. One of those efforts is the creation of 5,000 youth entrepreneurs every year.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Pilihanraya Kecil Kajang 2014 informasi dan perangkaan DUN Kajang

Election commission met on 5 Feb to finalize the Kajang by-election preparation. 33 days countdown to nomination.

Dates and details for Kajang By-election

Nomination Day                   : 11 Mar 2014 (Tue)

Advance Voting Day           : 19 Mar 2014 (Wed)

Polling Day                           : 23 Mar 2014 (Sun)

Nomination Venue              : Kompleks SukanMPKJ, Seksyen 15 Bangi

Returning Officer                 : Datuk Hasan Nawawi Abd Rahman,
  Kajang Municipal President

Voters list                               : SPR Q3 26 Jan 2014 list

Campaigning period                       : 12 days

Estimated SPR spending   : RM 16mil

SPR officers involved         : 673 person

Voting centre                                    : 15 for general public and 3 for early voters

Taib Mahmud to retire and take over as Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak ?

Sarawak Update
Taib Mahmud to retire and take over as Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak ?

1.    Speculation that Taib is preparing to make way for a new leader has become more intense after head of state tenure was extended only until 28 Feb.
2.    Taib Mahmud, 77, has held the Sarawak chief minister’s post for 33 years.

3.    He will meet members of PBB supreme council on 8 Feb and all elected state BN members of Parliament and state assemblymen on 9 Feb.

4.    He is expected to make an important announcement at the meeting and would leave it to the party’s decision making body to decide how it should be carried out.

5.    Should Taib make his announcement to step aside, by procedure, “a caucus” will be chaired by Deputy President 1, Tan Sri Alfred Jabu to work out the transition plan.

6.    Speculated Taib’s successors:
a.    Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, State housing and Tourism Minister, PBB Deputy President 2.
b.    Tan Sri Adenan Satem, Former federal Natural Resources Minister