There was a recent news article about an upcoming “Voluntary health insurance scheme” announced by the Hon. Health Minister
(image credit: Malay Mail)
JOHOR BARU, May 3 — The government will introduce a voluntary health insurance scheme in the middle of next year as part of its efforts to provide an alternative health care services to the people.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the structure of the insurance scheme had been approved by the Cabinet and currently 40 per cent completed.
“It will be operated by non-profit organisations under the ministry purview,” he told reporters after officiating the National Conference of Medical Assistant (CMA) 2017 here yesterday.
As they say, the devil is in the details and there’s lots we still don’t know.
– who are these “non-profit organisations”?
– what is the management fee like? (yes, even non-profits will cost money to run)
– what is the funding structure like?
– what is the coverage like?
– will the scheme cover those with pre-existing illnesses and the elderly?
– which hospitals are covered?
– what are the premiums going to be like?
– what is the structure of corporate governance , transparency and accountability?
It was “pre-announced” back in June 2016, so it has been planned for some time now.
We shall see how this scheme unfolds.
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No Child Should Attempt to Save Any Child who is Drowning
Seven boys aged 10 to 12 years drowned at Bukit Beruntung yesterday.
This could have been prevented.
The Perak Clinical Research Centre has conducted extensive research on drowning in children over many years. The key facts are:
· 500 children drown every year in Malaysia.
· This is the second commonest cause of death in children aged 1 to 18.
· Half of these deaths are due to children trying to save other children.
Over the years we have communicated our data, reports and publications to the relevant government agencies, NGOs, media and tried to bring it to the attention of all parents. See:
Childhood drowning in Malaysia
Prevention of childhood drowning in Malaysia
(Full report and publication available to any media who is interested).
Our data and efforts have helped to advocate for the setup of a National Drowning Safety Council and recently the establishment of a National Childhood Drowning Registry (at our CRC). However these messages have yet to reach our public. Every parent needs to know the size of this problem and more importantly this key message needs to be communicated to all children:
· No child should attempt to save any other child who is drowning.
· You are not a hero if you try and save someone who is drowning.
· You are not a villain or a failure if you did not try to save someone who is drowning.
· If you see someone who is drowning, you should call for an adult to help; don’t jump in yourself.
We could possibly reduce by half all childhood drowning in the country and save 250 children a year just with this message (attached an infographic for use in 2 formats). It is important that all government agencies, schools, the media and parents disseminate this important message to all children. The media in particular must also refrain from praising a child as hero for saving another child who is drowning; it is a dangerous act for any child to do.
The loss of these children is a tragedy caused by all of us. We as a society are responsible for failing these children. Approximately 100 children have drowned so far this year; let’s not fail the 400 more children who are going to drown this year. Let every parent speak to their children about this important cause of death and the key message of getting help and not jumping in.
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Senior Consultant Paediatrician
Head Paediatric Department, Hospital RPB Ipoh, Perak
Head Clinical Research Center Perak
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