Thursday, February 06, 2014

‘We are a very sick nation’

KUALA LUMPUR: The nation’s state of health deteriorating. Last year alone 3 million people were warded in private and government hospitals.
And the government’s medical bill shot up from RM20 billion in 2013 to RM22 billion this year.
Deputy Health Minister  Dr Hilmi Yahaya said people being warded was huge because it was more than 10 per cent of the total 27 million population of the country.
“It is quite high and worrying and should be taken seriously by all the people.
” Every individual must take steps to maintain his or her health because preventive care is cheaper than treatment,” he said.
Hilmi said good health not only contributed to national development but also helped the government save costs in terms of medical treatment.
Hilmi spoke to reporters after officiating at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Orion Healthcare Management Services Sdn Bhd and Angkatan Koperasi Kebangsaan Malaysia Berhad (Angkasa), here.
On the MoU, Hilmi said it was a collaboration between Orion Healthcare Management and Angkasa in creating awareness on the importance of medical examination for all members of cooperatives.
The collaboration will enable Orion Healthcare Management to provide information and health checks to about eight million members of cooperatives.

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