Foreign workers to be eligible for private healthcare insurance

Source: The Star

IPOH: Foreign workers will be eligible for private healthcare insurance from next year onwards under the Government’s non-profit health insurance scheme, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said.

He said it would be the first target group to have the healthcare insu­rance, and therefore they would be the target group first.

Dr Subramaniam said for the next phase, the ministry would go for other groups.

“We will grow at a pace that we are comfortable with to ensure the success of the initiative.

In May this year, Dr Subrama­niam said that the scheme was aimed at ensuring the cost of private medical treatment in the country remained reasonable and affor­dable.

He said that the Cabinet had approved the scheme and preparations were ongoing, as the ministry would need initial funds to launch it.

Dr Subramaniam said the ministry was also looking at a mechanism under the scheme, where purchase of healthcare services from the private medical sectors could be at a reasonable cost.  Read more

Remove religion from public health decisions — Azrul Mohd Khalib

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY AZRUL MOHD KHALIB

JULY 2 — Ibn Sina or Avicenna, is regarded as one of the most significant thinkers and writers of the Islamic Golden Age. A religious scholar, philosopher, scientist and doctor, Ibn Sina is considered to be the “father of modern medicine.”

His seminal treatise, the Canon of Medicine written in 1025, was used as the standard medical textbook in the Islamic world and Europe up to the 18th century.

European doctors were still doubling up as butchers and barbers, worked in slaughterhouses and were using bloodletting as a form of treatment for most ailments. Ibn Sina had a complex understanding of human anatomy and explored pioneering concepts which led to evidence based medicine.

If he were alive today, I think he would be pretty dismayed at the recent controversies which have involved misguided and misinformed pseudo-religious arguments in public health. Read more