A pensioner, who was admitted to Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Klang Hospital for pneumonia, says he was told that the first class ward "no longer exists due to patient overload" from the pandemic. Senior retired civil servants are entitled to first class wards.
Three studies using local data show that out-of-pocket health care payments (OPP) made by Malaysian households were more concentrated among the richer segments of the population, says health analyst Chua Hong Teck. Most OPP is spent on outpatient services.
The Academy of Medicine of Malaysia says the anti-smoking bill's prohibition on the advertising of tobacco/ vape products as a "quit-smoking product" will prevent vape companies from promoting e-cigarettes as a method to help smokers switch.
"While the bill does prohibit sale of tobacco and vape products to minors, it fails to indicate or suggest a strategy to achieve a smoke-free Malaysia. It is no secret that 18-year-olds are also among the tobacco and vape industry's target audience" – MMA.
The passage of the Control of Smoking Products for Public Health Bill 2023 will bring laws and regulations up to speed, as they are fast falling behind the challenges posed by evolving technologies and innovation, says Galen Centre CEO Azrul Mohd Khalib.
Deputy Minister Liew Chin Tong says Khairy Jamaluddin was given an opportunity in July 2022 to decouple GEG to get the tobacco bill passed that day itself, but Khairy refused to compromise. Liew adds the new bill must be passed now; GEG can come later.