Better regulated medical fees in private healthcare needed - Fomca

KUALA LUMPUR, June 5 (Bernama) -- Better regulated medical fees in the private healthcare sector is needed as the current costs are expensive and still beyond the means of most Malaysians, according to the Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association (Fomca).

This was among the proposals and recommendations conveyed by its Chief Executive Officer Datuk Paul Selvaraj during a meeting with the Council of Eminent Persons at Menara Ilham here today. 

According to Selvaraj, healthcare is a basic right of consumers and the prices cannot be set upon solely depending on the market or profits but must be looked as a welfare component. 

He said concrete solutions are needed fast as it affects the consumers directly. 

"What is important now is that it must be affordable to all. We must work together with the government for the benefit of consumers," he told reporters when met after the meeting. 

Meanwhile, Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) Honorary Secretary Martin Khor said the government must use the same mechanism as it did in reducing the cost of treatment for Hepatitis C to reduce the prices of other drugs. 

He said the use of the Rights of Government under Patent Act 1983 (Act 291) must be broadened to other drugs to make them more accessible to patients and reducing the overall fees of treatment. 

"Trade agreements between Malaysia and other countries is also the reason why prices of drugs have gone up. This is among the important issues that the new government should look into," he said. 




Understanding Dementia Better

By Siti Radziah Hamzah

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Imagine how you would feel if you wake up one morning in the house you have lived with your family for about 30 years and you are not able to recognise your surroundings. You look at the mirror and ask yourself, “Who am I, where am I?”

This is one of many symptoms indicating that you may have dementia, a debilitating disease that takes away the ability to retain memory, think clearly, behave normally and perform everyday activities.

Dementia is an increasingly common disease affecting ageing populations in especially low- and middle-income countries where access to social protection, services, support and care is limited. 



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