What Are The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Healthcare System

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Probably there are several weaknesses in the current private healthcare system in Malaysia, first, The long waiting list. Whenever I chat with friends at social functions about what ails the public healthcare system in Malaysia, the most frequent comment is the long waiting list. They are all very unhappy with waiting. Only once did I find someone who was full of praise for the public hospital, in particular the Selayang Hospital. The majority are very unhappy with the waiting to get an appointment to see the consultant, the waiting at the outpatient department on the day of the appointment, the waiting list for elective surgery and in some instances, “ urgent “ surgery. Sometimes scheduled surgery are cancelled for very many reasons ranging…show more content…
I suppose, being a developing country, going towards 2020, we are still looking after our bodies only when it falls sick and malfunctions. If only all of us will look after ourselves, there will be so much less sufferings and so much less expenditure. We abuse our body. We eat too much, especially carbohydrates and fats. The food advertisement is so appealing. We promote food as a form of tourist attraction. We refuse to exercise. We take the lift up 1 floor, or even worse, down 1 floor. We do not go for regular checkups until something is wrong with the body, or until we…show more content…
The most popular complaint of anyone getting treatment in a private hospital, is COST. As the country gets more affluent, more and more private hospitals are set up. Some private hospitals are set up as no frills hospitals where the trimmings of luxury are few and it is basically catering to the lower social economic group, to give affordable private healthcare. Lets call this group the 3 star hospitals. Then there are those who boast of their marble flooring and overhanging chandeliers and golden door knobs. They compete with each other, to be more luxurious than the next. These “ boutique “ hospitals or 6-7star hospitals, charge a lot for their services and their mark-ups can be 100-200 percent on some items. We have nothing against “ boutique hospitals “, but it would be very unfair to include the cost of care there into the healthcare budget as private healthcare expenditure. Afterall, healthcare is for making people well to return back to society, not to let them be pampered with luxury at our expense. There is no end to cost of luxuries and pampering all done to boost the bottomline. One easy way cut the cost of private healthcare is to regulate the cost of treatment in private hospitals. Just as you can regulate doctors’ fees ( although you should not ), you should also regulate cost of staying in hospital to get well. It is possible to detail how much a CT scan should cost?, how much an

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