100,000 sign up for healthcare protection scheme

The government has allocated RM100 million to cover 800,000 individuals under the PeKa B40 healthcare protection scheme.

KUALA KANGSAR: More than 100,000 people have signed up for the healthcare protection scheme for the low-income B40 group (PeKa B40), Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said.

He said those eligible were those receiving cost of living aid.

The health screening, carried out free at registered health and private clinics, includes testing for high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, kidney and mental problems.

After the screening, treatment and transport would be provided to those eligible, in addition to devices such as cataract lenses, hearing aid, oxygen, artificial joints, metal plates for broken bones, wheelchairs and tests to diagnose heart conditions, Lee said.

The PeKa B40 pilot project started in April with an allocation of RM100 million to cover 800,000 individuals.

Lee, who had earlier officiated a blood donation campaign organised by the Kuala Kangsar Guangxi Association, said the health ministry required 2,000 packs of blood daily, with the most needed for road accident victims in addition to childbirth cases, and those suffering from dengue fever and cancer.

He said those with blood-related diseases also needed blood.