|Monday, 28 February 2011 12:14|
Despite the significant investment from the government on public healthcare facilities, quite a number of people still prefer to get treatment for their medical problems at private healthcare institutions. The question is why?
According to medical practitioner Dr Y Foong, there are several reasons on why some people choose private hospitals for medical treatment.
What Patients Say
Businessman Abdul Rahman Bakar, who prefers to seek treatment at private hospitals has this to say:
Private Healthcare Insurance
Nowadays, many people may prefer private hospitals because their employer offers private health insurance as a benefit at the work place. There are many different types of private health insurance, right from the family plan to the specialist cover.
"It is too expensive," said K K Wong, a retailer who wished to be known as Kay, when asked whether he prefers to go to private hospitals instead of public healthcare institutions. Kay said the government had spent billions of Ringgit to provide and improve the medical healthcare facilities in the country.
Jewels in Malaysian Public Healthcare
A retired physician, M Anthony, said working in a government medical facility (hospital) is something that he is always proud of.
Free Medical Care
Teacher V Vasugi has this to say: "The public hospitals are always there for us. This alone is a reason to honor them. That they deliver excellent medical care to one and all should make us proud," she said.
Recently this writer had to be warded at the orthopedics ward of a medical centre here. The nurses, doctors and attendants of the ward were very professional in their care. For instance, when the 'call bell' was pressed when assistance was needed, the nurses appeared almost instantly to render help. The housemen, medical officers and specialists worked almost round-the-clock.