KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 — The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) announced today it would invite the public and over 30 medical and health groups to sign a statement promoting quality health care for everyone.
MMA launched the Titiwangsa Declaration 2019 last Saturday to express its willingness to work together with the Health Ministry to achieve universal health coverage, the theme for the World Health Organization (WHO) this year.
Universal health coverage means that everyone can access quality health services that they need without getting into financial hardship.
“Malaysia is ranked high by WHO for our quality of health care both regionally and internationally and we must take this to greater heights and push to our highest potential.
“Ensuring no one is left behind, that all have equitable access to health care is a worthy goal to pursue,” Dr Teoh Siang Chin, chairman of MMA’s National Health Policy Committee, said at the launch of the Titiwangsa Declaration here.
Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said last month at the 72nd World Health Assembly, an annual gathering by WHO, that Malaysia planned to strengthen universal health coverage, citing the Peka B40 health screening programme for the poor.