PUTRAJAYA, April 17 (Bernama) -- The healthcare sector in Malaysia has had a high impact over the last five years through its ongoing health transformation initiatives to provide the best health services for the rakyat, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam.
He said these various programmes were tailored and designed carefully to strengthen the delivery of health services and improving the level of people's healthcare needs.
Dr Subramaniam said among the successes achieved was the specialist services in each group of cluster hospitals to ensure optimum utilisation of human resources as well as avoid congestion at general hospitals, establishing of low-risk birthing centre and pharmacy value-added services where medicines can be delivered to patient's home with a minimal charge of RM5.
"Malaysia Healthcare registered an average growth rate of 16 to 17 per cent every year. In 2016, the healthcare travel industry grew 23 per cent and generating RM1.12 billion in revenues from more than 900,000 healthcare travellers.
"This is because we have a comprehensive health system with accessible network of affordable primary care services. We are in line with our vision of a nation working together for better health and continue to protect the health of the rakyat," he said when presenting 'The Journey of Healthcare: Ministry of Health, Malaysia' here, today.
For this year, Dr Subramaniam said the nation's healthcare has identified key areas such as promoting Malaysia as the Asian hub for fertility and cardiology in its quest of becoming the leading global destination for healthcare.
"We also want to introduce Flagship Medical Tourism Hospital Programme which offers a special incentive to private hospitals to attract more healthcare travellers. We aim to reach our target growth in healthcare of 20 to 30 per cent by 2020 stretching beyond the RM2 billion in revenue," he added.
On the current project, he said the ministry intended to create a community-based ambulance system such as the e-hailing Grab service to provide quicker and efficient service in terms of arrival time at an accident site to provide assistance.
"Currently, we have started a pilot project in Klang, Selangor and if successful, we will roll it out by end of the year. But we are doing it step-by-step. Our idea is that we do not want an ambulance to be stuck at a hospital. We want it to be a separate entity like St John's ambulance service so it can respond faster to any emergency case.
The two-hour presentation also touched on the ministry's new initiative known as the Enhanced Primary Healthcare (EnPHC) whereby Malaysians will have their health records integrated into one database, which can be accessed by both the government and private healthcare providers in five years.
He said the government also has implemented Traditional and Complementary Medicine Act in 2015, which was based on scientific evidence and capability of the practitioners to ensure the treatments offered to patients are safe and of quality.