Health insurance scheme for the poor to be rolled out soon

Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad.

KUALA LUMPUR: Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad says Putrajaya is ready to implement a health insurance scheme for the lower income group, to be fully borne by the government through the consolidated fund.

“There has been a misunderstanding about the hiring of a private agency,” he said in the Dewan Rakyat today.

“The implementation will not affect health services at clinics and hospitals where the (B40) group will still pay RM1 for outpatient services and RM5 for consultation and other services.”

Likewise, he said, the lower income group would also continue to pay RM3 for third-class wards and between RM10 and RM200 for surgery.

He was replying to Dr Kelvin Yii (PH-Bandar Kuching) who had asked about the status of the health insurance scheme for the poor.

Dzulkefly added that health insurance for the B40 group had nothing to do with the social health insurance (SHI) and voluntary health insurance schemes currently under government review.

He said SHI was mandatory, where employers, employees and the government paid according to the salary of the staff. The scheme is implemented according to the law and run by a public agency.

He also said no decision had been made yet on whether insurance schemes would be implemented for other groups as well.