KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 – The Health Ministry has been allocated RM30.6 billion under Budget 2020, marking an RM1.9 billion increase from its RM28.7 billion allocation in the previous federal government budget.
The 6.6 per cent raise in the budget for public health care next year was smaller than the 7.8 per cent increase in Budget 2019.
The Health Ministry’s percentage of allocation from the total government budget next year was bigger than in 2019 however, comprising 10.3 per cent of the overall RM297 billion 2020 budget, compared to 9.1 per cent out of Budget 2019’s RM316.6 billion.
The Health Ministry received the third biggest allocation under Budget 2020, after the Finance and Education Ministries at RM37.8 billion and RM64.1 billion respectively.
The allocation under services and supplies for the Health Ministry’s operational budget also saw a minimal increase, from RM10 billion in 2019 to RM10.9 billion for next year.
However, the services and supplies allocation under the Health Ministry’s development budget was reduced from RM476.9 million to RM318.1 million in 2020.
Drugs and medications fall under services and supplies.
The Health Ministry’s allocation for emoluments increased from RM16 billion for 2019 to RM16.5 billion next year.
Out of the Health Ministry’s total RM30.6 billion budget for 2020, RM27.9 billion was allocated for operations and RM2.7 billion for development.
The federal Budget 2020 was tabled by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.