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Roundtable: How the private sector can be leveraged to provide healthcare to the B40 and M40

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  • Date: 12 June 2019
  • Venue: University of Malaya, Faculty of Economics and Administration
  • Time: 8.30am – 5pm


Speakers include academics and practitioners at the frontline of research, policy and practice related to the Malaysian healthcare system and include:

  • Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj
  • Dr Chan Chee Khoon, Citizens’ Health Initiative
  • Dr Arasu, chairman, PPMS
  • Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh, president, Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia

Organised by the People’s Health Forum in collaboration with the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya

Registration is free. Please register here

About the roundtable

This roundtable is the first of a series of four roundtables that are being organised by the People’s Health Forum to pool information and analyses of public-private partnerships, the continuing out-migration of specialists from the public sector, healthcare financing, and migrant health.

In announcing the establishment of the Health Advisory Council in March 2019, Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said: “The council’s immediate focus would be on public-private partnership in healthcare and human capital development”.

This was likely an acknowledgement of both the sizeable presence of the private healthcare sector as well as the government’s (current) budgetary constraints in further expanding the public healthcare sector in pursuit of universal healthcare.

Whether intended or not, it was perhaps also a nod to the very large stakes of federal and state government agencies in commercial healthcare enterprises (IHH, KPJ), and the challenges and opportunities these may present.

The People’s Health Forum seeks an understanding of the multiple factors contributing to our major health challenges, (actionable) policy positions and recommendations that can be (provisionally) adopted and commitments to follow-up actions which stakeholders can undertake.

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8.15am Registration

9.00 Welcome and introduction

9.10 The Malaysian health care system: What are the major constraints that now impede Malaysia’s progress towards high quality universal healthcare?

9:40 Workshop and plenary discussion

10.40 Break

11.30 How can general practitioners, specialists and pharmacists in the private sector and private hospitals partner the public sector in delivering healthcare to the Malaysian public?

1.30pm Privatisation of some aspects of healthcare delivery. The Malaysian experience and lessons

3.10 Role of non-profit groups in care delivery

4.40 Evaluation

5.00 Closing and tea

About the People’s Health Forum

The People’s Health Forum (PHF) is a space created by NGOs and individuals who are committed to the principle of healthcare as a human right, ie universal healthcare as an entitlement based not on the ability to pay, but on the basis of need.

Reforms in the organisation and financing of healthcare (to cope with key health challenges in Malaysia), affordable access to essential medicines and health equity along multiple dimensions are among the issues that have brought us together.

The organisers reserve the right to change and/or cancel any part of the published programne due to unforeseen circumstances and will not incur liability for costs incurred by participants as a result of the change.

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