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Government rushing to set up National Health Care Financing Authority

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Will this be a new GLC and cash cow for the Barisan government, wonders Mujahid Yusuf Rawa.

Photograph: malaysiacentral.com

The Barisan Nasional government is working round the clock to set up the National Healthcare Financing Authority, and this body is likely to start operations in the first half of 2012.

This move will spell bad news for all of us Malaysians because it will now be mandatory for all of us who are getting an income to pay premiums to the NHFA if we want medical treatment in private and government hospitals and also at private clinics.

Despite paying the premiums, we will have to fork out more money because the premiums only cover very basic treatment. The question is what will happen to people who do not have an income or no longer have an income? Where will they get their medical treatment?

There are more questions: Is there a possibility that this body will be turned into a government-linked company?

Another question is: Could this new company be led by a Barisan crony? If this is so, then we are likely to be doomed because the possibility of money being abused is great judging from the way other GLCs are run. We have seen too many cases of the top management receiving salaries and perks that take up a huge percentage of the operations cost.

With all of us paying premiums each month, the NHFA stands to get millions of ringgit and this is a lot of money at the Barisan government’s disposal. There is a possibility of this new GLC being their latest cash cow.

To discuss this issue and the consequences of having the NHFA, a public forum called “Reforming the Malaysian Healthcare System: Is there a need?” will be held on 27 November at YMCA, Jalan Macalister in Penang from 1.00pm to 6.00pm.

Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa is the member of parliament for Parit Buntar

For more details, please contact Dr T Jayabalan at [email protected] or 012-402 7445

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