KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 – Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa today announced that the government’s medical scheme, known as “Skim Perubatan Madani” for the poor seeking treatment from private general practitioner (GP) clinics, is scheduled for rollout this month.
Dr Zaliha told the Dewan Rakyat that efforts to launch the medical scheme are in the final stages, following engagements with private clinics and GPs.
It was only recently that the health minister issued a call for GPs in 10 districts across several states – including Gombak, Hulu Langat, Klang, and Petaling in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Kinta in Perak, Timur Laut in Pulau Pinang, Johor Bahru in Johor, Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, and Kuching in Sarawak – to participate and register as panel clinics in the Madani Medical Scheme.
According to the statement on June 2, beneficiaries of the Madani Medical Scheme will be able to receive treatment starting from June 15.
“On the Madani Medical Scheme, we will commence it soon, and we are now in the final phase of our efforts,” Dr Zaliha told Dewan Rakyat, in response to Kuala Langat MP Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi’s question on the status of the Madani medical scheme announced in Budget 2023.
“We have engaged with GPs and private clinics, and God willing, we will launch it this June.”
Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim first announced the Madani Medical Scheme during the tabling of Budget 2023 in February. Anwar compared the Madani Medical Scheme to what is currently being implemented by the Selangor state government, but did not elaborate further.
Bandar Kuching MP Kelvin Yii, who is the Health Minister’s special advisor, previously described the Madani Medical Scheme as a pilot project that operates like a medical card with a certain amount of “annual credit” for a selected number of people from the bottom 40 per cent (B40) of income earners to see a private GP.