KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 (Bernama) -- The government has spent about RM140.3 million on various medical facilities for the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) veterans throughout last year said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
He said the amount covered, among others, RM82.56 million to finance the medical expenses such as orthopaedic equipment, implants, hearing aids, eyeglasses and hospital travel claims.
In addition, he said the government also provided support equipment such as wheelchairs, walking sticks, beds and mattresses to patients costing more than RM500,000.
"A sum of RM46.96 million was also spent on dialysis treatments for the benefit of 9,314 veterans, as well another RM10.28 million to assist the veteran's heirs," he said in reply to an oral question at the Dewan Rakyat sitting here, today.
He was replying to supplementary question from Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin (PKR-Bukit Katil) who wanted to know more about facilities provided by the government for MAF veterans apart from medical facilities.
He said all these expenditures showed the government's holistic assistance and appreciation towards military personnel who had devoted their lives to safeguard the country's security.
On the MAF Health Services Transformation Plan 2017-2050, Hishammuddin said it outlined six strategies, namely strengthening its professionalism, quality of services, medical fields, MAF community well-being, medical service development and health diplomacy.
He said the transformation plan that would benefit the military personnel and their veterans as well as their families, among others, would provide more conducive health services through the supply and expansion of new programmes such as the establishment of polyclinics and night clinics as well as rehabilitation centres, and to increase the number of outreach specialist clinics and new dialysis centres.
The achievement and the short term impact of this transformation plan will be seen and felt when the initiative is implemented in stages.
Since its launch, the defence ministry and I, are monitoring the development, and the response received has been encouraging. I believe we are on the right track, he said in his reply to the original question from Datuk Mohd Zaim Abu Hasan (BN-Parit) who, among others, wanted to know how far the transformation plan would benefit the military personnel.
Hishammuddin also said that a hospital, dedicated to MAF veterans, to be built in Tambun, Perak, would carry out a study on the uniqueness and advantages of military veterans' hospitals abroad and then to adopt them in efforts to turn it into the best hospital in the region.