Published: Tuesday October 16, 2012 MYT 5:42:00 PM
Over 20,000 chronic patients benefit from medical aid fund
KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 20,624 chronic patients have benefited from the Medical Aid Fund since its inception in 2005, the Dewan Rakyat was told.
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said the government had channeled an allocation totalling RM172mil for the fund so far.
However, Rosnah refuted the allegation that the aid application procedures set up by the ministry were to complicated.
"It is inaccurate to say that the procedures to apply for the medical aid are too complicated.
"It's just that each chronic patient in need of the aid will first be referred by the attending doctor to the Medical Social Officer who will assess the patient's socio-economic status.
"This is to ensure that only those who are really in need will be given the aid and only those with complete application forms will be considered by the Medical Technical Committee," she said in reply to Datuk Dr Mohamad Shahrum Osman (BN-Lipis) during question time.
Rosnah said the fund was introduced to offer financial aid, be it half or full cost of treatment, medical tools, rehabilitation equipment and medicines, to poor patients.
She said between 2005 and Aug 31 this year, 81 percent of complete application forms received for precedent cases had been approved within 14 days.
"Besides, for eligible chronic patients, verbal approval will also be given to the hospital to carry out immediate treatment," she added. - Bernama