Saturday, June 08, 2013

Ministry eyes healthcare services at shopping malls

| The Star Online

IPOH: First, it was courier and drive-through services to obtain medication from government healthcare facilities.
Now, the Health Ministry is looking into making the service available at shopping centres.
“We are looking into expanding the service for dispensing medication at shopping centres,” said director-general Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah after opening the 8th Asean Conference on Primary Healthcare seminar here yesterday.
This was part of the ministry's move to ease congestion at public healthcare establishments and to have a better delivery system.
There are currently about 55 hospitals and 51 health clinics nationwide using the courier and drive-through methods, he added.
Dr Noor Hisham added that public hospitals and government health clinics nationwide were being upgraded and healthcare services were also being improved.
“The people want all public hospitals to be like private hospitals in terms of services. All public hospitals and government clinics need to improve their quality of service first,” he said.
He said the Malaysian Health System Study formerly known as 1Care national healthcare scheme was still being studied and that the blueprint could be ready in 2015.

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