KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 – The government’s Peka B40 health screening programme will be extended to include the low-income aged 40 and above, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng announced today.
“The government has also launched Peka B40 to provide screenings and early intervention for noncommunicable diseases, such as mental health and cancer, for those aged between 50 and 60 years old,” he said during the tabling of Budget 2020.
“A total of 100,000 have benefited from this initiative and the government will expand its coverage to those aged 40 and above.”
The original minimum age of coverage under the Health Ministry scheme was 50 years.
This is expected to boost the scheme’s takeup, as it has only captured some 13 per cent of this year’s target.
This is an unenthusiastic response as Peka B40 was targeted to have benefitted 800,000 from the bottom 40 per cent (B40) of income earners by year-end, after the programme was launched in mid-April this year.