PETALING JAYA: Private hospitals and insurance providers have a critical role to fulfil in Malaysia’s concerted battle against the Covid-19 pandemic as the number of daily new infections continue to rise and threatening to breach new levels.
MEF President Dato’ Dr Syed Hussain Syed Husman J.P. has urged private hospitals and insurance providers to reassess their priorities and step forward voluntarily to help relieve some of the burdening strain on the public health facilities, before they are forced to do so by the authorities.
“The public health system is overburdened by the existing active Covid 19 cases and the tax payers are not able to pay for Covid-19 treatment in private hospitals because they are already overly stretched during this very difficult and challenging period,” said Dato’ Dr Syed Hussain.
“The tax payers are struggling to survive and to require them to pay for their own treatment in private hospitals is just not possible at this present moment.
“Therefore, private hospitals and insurance providers must voluntarily step forward to support the fight against Covid-19, before they are forced to do so.”
It is understood that 95 out of 130 private hospitals have agreed to work with the Ministry of Health and would admit patients who had met certain requirements and accommodate Category 1 to 3 Covid-19 patients.
MEF has also urged the Ministry of Finance and Bank Negara Malaysia to require all insurance companies to expand critical illness coverage to include Covid-19 cases.
“All other industries like the banks have done their part. It’s now time for the Insurance industry to provide support, not just to its policy holders but also the government,” said Dato’ Dr Syed Hussain.
“Only together can we beat the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the time when we must all come together to stand united in the fight against the pandemic.”
MEF President, Dato’ Dr Syed Hussain further suggested that the National Service Centres that have all the basic accommodation may be used and temporarily be converted to treat Covid 19 patients.
The Ministry of Health could deploy some of the health personnel and private sector medical practitioners could can contribute to run such centres and support the Covid-19 patients.
In such situation the private hospitals do not have to allocate certain portion of their hospitals as the premises for treatment is taken care of.
For further information, contact the MEF Secretariat at 03-7955-7778 or fax 03-7955-9008 or email email@example.com.
2 FEBRUARY 2021