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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Free medical treatment for elderly in the works

KUALA LUMPUR: Wed. April 1. The Government plans to provide free medical treatment to elderly Malaysians in third class wards. This will cover ward and treatment charges.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the move would extend the ministry’s care to those aged 60 and above.

Some two million patients are admitted to the ministry’s hospitals annually and up to 70% are third class (cheapest) admissions.

Liow said the move, expected to cost the Government millions of ringgit, could be implemented upon approval by the Cabinet.

Feedback has shown that many of the elderly have difficulty settling their medical fees and the ministry had considered this when reviewing its medical fees under the Medical Act, he said.

He said the review included extending free medical treatment to Malaysians studying at local private colleges or universities.

He said free medical treatment was now available to those studying at local public tertiary education institutions.

Students must show their student pass to be entitled to free medical treatment at the second class wards. (The Star Online)

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