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Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad speaks during the Minister’s Question Time in the Dewan Rakyat, at Parliament in Kuala Lumpur on February 29, 2024. — Picture by BERNAMA

Refining Madani Medical Scheme will not restrict patient access — Minister

PUTRAJAYA, March 1 — Refining the Madani Medical Scheme (SPM) is not intended to restrict patient access to medical care but rather to ensure judicious use of resources and enhance the project’s effectiveness and sustainability, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

In a statement today, he said while healthcare efficiency in Health Ministry (MOH) facilities significantly improves, refining the SPM is now deemed necessary to pursue cost-effectiveness.

The programme, facilitated by ProtectHealth Corporation (ProtectHealth), was launched as a pilot project on June 15 last year, aimed to ease patient congestion, particularly in Green Zones at Emergency Departments (EDs) within MOH hospitals.

“Nevertheless, it is also crucial not to overlook various initiatives taken by MOH during the SPM implementation period. Most public health clinics (KKs) across Malaysia have enhanced the capacity of existing extended-hour services, operating until 9.30pm on weekdays and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.

“Six selected KKs also continue to provide additional half-day services on Sundays and public holidays, building on the Special Task Force on Agency Reform (STAR) project and simultaneously, the MOH has consolidated hospital ED services, strategically mobilising healthcare staff to bolster ED workforces,” he said.

Yesterday, Dr Dzulkefly said the government’s decision to refocus the Madani Medical Scheme on only ten districts as in phase one of the scheme started on Monday (February 26) after considering the sustainability of the government’s current financial funding.

ProtectHealth, in a statement on February 27, said the ten districts are the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur; Gombak, Hulu Langat, Petaling Jaya, and Klang in Selangor, Johor Bahru in Johor, Kinta in Perak, Northeast in Penang Island, Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, and Kuching in Sarawak.

The minister added that the selection of districts for the SPM implementation would also reflect equitable resource distribution without marginalising the semi-rural states including those in the East Coast, Northern, and East Malaysia.

“Patients with minor ailments outside the selected districts can continue to seek care from KKs and hospital Green Zones, where prolonged waiting times are typically not an issue,” he said.

Dr Dzulkefly also extends the ministry’s sincere appreciation to all general practitioners for their active participation in SPM.

“Aligned with the Health White Paper’s spirit, we are committed to strengthening public-private partnerships in many aspects,” he said.

— Bernama

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