BY: NORHAYATI UMOR
SHAH ALAM, JULY 24: The Peduli Sihat Scheme is currently enjoyed by 216,051 registered members as of July 12.
Health, Welfare, Women and Family Development Exco Dr Daroyah Alwi said as much as RM1.6 million allocated have been spent in the same period.
She said the total allocation was based on the amount claimed for services provided by panel clinics under the scheme to bear the treatment costs of the scheme members.
The Dengkil constituency has the highest membership with 8,621 members, followed by Meru with 8,060 members, Sungai Panjang 7,354 members and Morib 7,045 members.
“From the total, 142,558 (66%) are Malays, 31,452 (14%) Chinese and 40,367 (19%) Indian and 1,675 (1%) of other races,” she said during the State Assembly.
Dr Daroyah said the total of rejected applications as of July 12 was 5,235.
She said that the reasons for the rejections included incomplete and suspicious supporting documents, salaries that were over the limit and insufficient residency periods.
She added that the State Government was improving the programme by introducing several special categories that were approved by Selgate Corporation Sdn. Bhd.
She said the special categories would be implemented with the cooperation of agencies and departments of the State Government that have records of those eligible for the programme.
“This includes the disabled, orphans, KAFA teachers, mosque and surau imams, the hardcore poor, village chiefs, Indian community leaders and senior citizens,” she said.
The scheme, which was launched on January 24, shows the government’s concern regarding the escalating healthcare costs faced by the rakyat.
This one-of-a-kind programme in Malaysia which is available only in Selangor is a high impact programme in line with its allocation of RM125 million a year.
There are 626 registered panel clinics under this scheme currently.
BY: NORHAYATI UMOR