Underfunded GHs being overwhelmed?

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Is our underfunded public health care system able to cope with the crowds needing affordable health care? Some photos from the Penang General Hospital today.

http://twitter.com/LittleHantu/status/239951686142136322/

There also seems to be a problem with the lifts at the Penang GH.

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EnsureWellFunded
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EnsureWellFunded

GHs funded by tax payer money. Make a law, % tax collected from private hospital is guaranteed to be use to fund public hospital as well. This will ensure the GHs will never be underfunded. Those that is well off & rich in society, can pay for the private quick care, and tax on the profit is supplement to GH too. MAKE IT INTO A LAW!!! This will ensure sustainable development of both public & private hospital. Win Win!!

tunglang
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This is great suggestion, comrade.
Why must the land of the people be exclusively used for super-profiteering for the 1% without any return of benefits to the ordinary denizens of the rest 99%?

Roubini
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Roubini

Good question for BN to answer.

Tigerz67
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Tigerz67

Its hard to say what is the right way to address this issue. A medical degree is very expensive – can we begrudge the doctor’s wish to make money? Maybe the answer is to train more doctors. The govt can give scholarships or build more medical schools in the country. Those who get scholarships must be bonded for 10 years or 15 years. Those who get free specialist training – bond for 10 years. Oh, yeah, the leakage needs to stop as well.

tunglang
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Q: A medical degree is very expensive – can we begrudge the doctor’s wish to make money?
There is an acceptable limit & not be drawn by personal greed with the excuse of market demand.
Then don’t take the Hippocratic Oath, but whisper to thyself the Hypocrisy Oath of unethical & dishonest medical service.

tunglang
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Health care, once a public service domain of governments and of no brand consumerism attached, is now a lifestyle statement in the realms & reception halls of private hospitals, a private class privilege that is a nose-high statement to bandy in social circles. “I admitted to this, I admitted to that to recuperate from a mild headache in a 5-star environment which cost only Rm1000! How about you?”
Before we aspire or desire such excesses, take some time to think after reading this 2-cents article which may save your future:
How Consumerism Affects Society, Our Economy and the Environment.
http://www.verdant.net/society.htm

Phua Kai Lit
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Phua Kai Lit

Here is a set of relevant lecture slides from me and another academic:

http://www.pitt.edu/~super7/43011-44001/43041.ppt

Myblog
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Myblog

There you go, according to the slides given, cost of medicine has increased 3 fold etc etc etc

Moral of the story, don’t try to fix something that is not broken. We should have carried on with our traditional model. If change was necessary due whatever reason, it should have been gradual, measured, reviewed and transparent prior to full scale implementation.

Gormen doesn’t know best, we will decide when the time comes? Muhibbah Malaysia

Timothy Tye
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Timothy Tye

Many private hospital lobbies are equally crowded. Go to Penang Adventist Hospital or Lam Wah Ee Hospital and take a look. Would you call these private hospital underfunded too?

tunglang
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After Capitalism, Time To Relook With An Open Mind In Order To CHANGE In The Right Direction
Or To Remain Apathy On The Road To Societal Chaos & Disintegration

After capitalism: ‘There is no reason to wait for revolution. It is here already in each of us’
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/video/2012/aug/21/after-capitalism-rebecca-walker-video?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3486

After capitalism: ‘We deserve a political and economic system that redistributes both wealth and the decisions about how it is used’
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/video/2012/aug/23/after-capitalism-george-monbiot-advanced-social-democracy-video?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3486

After capitalism: ‘Transform money and credit into instruments that serve people’
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/video/2012/aug/16/after-capitalism-costas-lapavitsas-money-and-credit?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3486

After Capitalism: ‘In the anti-worlds of daily struggles the world beyond capitalism is to be found’
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/video/2012/aug/14/after-capitalism-john-holloway-anti-worlds?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3486

Gerakan K
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Gerakan K

Anwar should announce free medical for all small and big illness including LASIK operations, breasts enlargement operations, and you-name-it-and-you-will-get-it operations !!! Free vitamin A, B, C, free mineral zinc, etc !!! Free delivery to your home. Hurray !!! Hidup pakatan !!! Hurray !!! How nice is that ??? Are you happy now ???

Gelak Ketawa
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Gelak Ketawa

Gerakan K
So worked up suddenly ? Are you on wonder pink pill provided by Dr CSL ?

Yang
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Yang

Gilakan talking without brains…

Andrew I
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Andrew I

Vote Pakatan for a free brain transplant, Gherks. You could use one.

dennis
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dennis

attended public talk by YB Liew Chin Tong at PISA on Sunday.

According to him, 70% of public attended GH with 30% of doctors strength. While 70% of doctor are in Private hospitals take care of 30% of “privileged” public….. and majority of private hospitals are controlled by government-linked organisations. in this Bolehland !

tunglang
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We can talk till the cows come home midnight, but isn’t free market / post capitalist economy some of us love it to thrive without limits at the expense of others, whether be it housing, utilities or education? So can we ask (sensibly) the GH doctors & nurses not to migrate to private sectors when the carrots are bigger & longer? Just like housing, some of us prefer the hands-off approach to let the frenzies rule the market to the detriment of the majority & environment. To interfere or not to is a question we have to ask ourselves collectively,… Read more »
Kevin
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Kevin
What is bad is the commercialisation of medicine and the medicalisation of commerce. The founder of the Uni of Malaya Medical Faculty, the late Prof Dhanaraj already warned us about this 30 years ago but nobody listened. Medical care to me is a human right, a basic right, especially in a rich country like Malaysia where the govt can clearly afford it. If public institutions give good efficient service, would people have to resort to going to private hosps? Would poor ppl have to suffer and die due to poor service? Having a free market is fine. In fact it… Read more »
Gerakan K
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Gerakan K

Who wants to do R & D (research and development) for medicine when it is commercially not viable ???

You how much $$$ to produce a commercial grade medicine ??? Google it !!!

Kevin
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Kevin
90% of the time, R & D in the field of medicine is not conducted by doctors, and are most definitely not conducted by private hospitals. I am not even talking about the development of new drugs. I am talking about saving a life which is in front of you, regardless of whether he or she has a pile of cash or credit card. It doesn’t take a lot of money to stabilize an accident victim before transferring him to a public hosp. Sadly, patients and victims of emergency are being sent away to die. i’m sorry but that is… Read more »
tunglang
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This seems to be the unwritten business mantra of (most) private hospitals:
Got Money, Got Credit Card, Got Health Insurance But No Need Abacus Brain. You Got 8-Star Health Care & Longer Life Span!!!

Yang
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Yang
Yes underfunded and ripping us off. Senior citizen do not have to pay the 1.00. Deceiving all of you to show how generous they are, the Ah Cheap Kor Barang Naik AMMO govt together with their sycophants from MCA, Geelakan and MIC etc. Yes you don`t have to pay for the 1.00 but you have to pay for the operation and the items needed for the operation. Recently a lady has an eye cataract operation. She has to buy the len from the crony agent for RM700.00 before the operation can start. The crony is stationed at the the eye… Read more »
tunglang
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Imagine without GH, many will die in the streets & homes b’cos private hospitals generally won’t accept any poor patient or give subsidized medicines freely. With many downgraded in income & lifestyle, the best option is to seek treatment at GH, which is giving better service than 20 years ago. Of course one has to queue up when more & more (including the immigrant workers) are going to the GH without having to pay dizzy medical insurances of 36 illness, or cover what illness to come! Stay healthy, less stress, live in reality (not euphoria or unsustainable lifestyle) & add… Read more »
Kevin
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Kevin
GH is very much needed and nobody is disputing the important or vital role it plays. The universal healthcare policy is a good one, what is wrong is the implementation. Of course if you compare hospitals today with those 20 years ago there is an improvement. But if we always compare ourselves to the past, or to very backward nations, we will never move forward at the pace needed to be among the developed countries. Countries that were way behind us 20 years ago like South Korea, Taiwan and soon enough China, are now far ahead of us. Just visit… Read more »
tunglang
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We can’t dispute the fact that GH serves the general public the majority of whom cannot afford private medic. Then there are 1Malaysia clinics to go to. Not GH alone. If you truly go to GH yourself, you will see improvements (appropriate for us) than before, so give credence it deserves that comparing with other nations. Also, with the surge of more people (including foreigners) seeking health services at GH, surely there’s bound to be some bottlenecks, so do consider this point instead of kau peh kau boh without statistical facts. Have we seen people dead in the street because… Read more »
Gerakan K
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Gerakan K

@tunglang:

I’m happy that you have made honest assessment without the 308 euphoria, ABU and pakatan syndrome !!!

Another point is, if you are genuinely poor you can seek help from gomen but need ADUN letter of support according to my experiences.

In fact, if you again genuinely poor, you can seek help from any BN component parties (MCA especially is very generous, helpful and sympathetic). I have witness endless cases like this before. Ask any Johoreans (because MCA have strong presence there) for proof.

Now you know why CSL said pakatan is rhetorical and MCA is practical ???

tunglang
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Every 3 months, I go to Penang GH to donate my blood & the well equipped blood bank centre’s staff treat me like a guest & long time friend.
They also engaged foreign Pakistani doctors to help serve the public, so what have I to complain but give compliments.
With more than 50 donations, I can get free treatments, 2nd class ward stay & outpatient treatments 24/7/365 anytime should I have a need.

tunglang
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Caffein raises your heart beats & improves mental stamina to think creatively for at least an hour.
Kopitiam Kopi-O kau kau helps as mentioned above & doesn’t blow a hole in your pocket.
Starry-Eyed Bucks don’t necessary do all these benefits BUT dig a continuous flowing longkang (drain) thro’ your money pocket! In addition, it just might create an euphoric mental disability as displayed by some Jabbas & space minions here!
No wonder Darth Vader always sees stars when it comes to sensible topics & discourse on sustainable way of life on earth after a cuppa of Starry-Eyed Buck!!!

Yang
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Yang

In the Pakatan states, if you need help you can also go to them, DAP, PKR and PAS. I have also seen them helping out the poor but not for publicity like showing up in the TV. Yes MCA also help a lot especially those judi kaki by negotiating with illegal entities such as along. This is not the way as it further encourage to come back .

Yang
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Yang

Yes GK and MCA the pornstar adulterer practicality. Giving out pittance …

Kevin
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Kevin

Nobody is asking for utopia. I am simply asking for the rakyat, eps. the poor ones to be given healthcare of a reasonable standard, which it is currently far from. If you spend the rakyat’s money, they have to benefit from it. Not top officials and politicians. As for going to GH myself to see the so called improvements, I do much more than that. I spend more than half my life being in one, almost on a daily basis.

Yang
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Yang
Tunglang, That is why GH must not be privatized. The BN UMNO govt were trying to do that a couple of years ago but gave up due to objection. Now they are doing it from the inside without publicity. Free RM1.00 and they publicize and propagandize. But secretly they charge you exorbitantly. Someone I know has a operation in GH which cost him a couple of hundred not free. But in the end he has also to pay as much as the private hospital because he was ask by the hospital to buy the medicine from outside And the medicine… Read more »
tunglang
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Gh should have a standard policy of asking patients whether they can afford to pay the minimum for operations or for chemo (cancer treatment) or for scanning, in GH or transfered to private hospitals for special cases. And it also depends whether patients have supporting children who can help with paying the minimal fees. Otherwise, he/she is entitled to free treatment. Or else, GH has defeated its original purpose – ie to help to poor & sick. No kang tau, whatsoever. I have seen casket service providers waiting like vultures for dead bodies at emergency ward & mortuary. You get… Read more »
Monee
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Monee

Well for RM 1.00 per visit for normal consultant, air-con provided and medical supplies from one month to 2 months what more can we ask for when compared to RM 100 or more at any private clinic or hospital.
A bit of inconvenience should be tolerated.

Myblog
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Myblog

Not under funded but allegedly high leakage due to outsourcing or privatisation of money making ventures within the hospital eg. privatisation of logistics, services and supplies. If someone does a study, you will see that the cost have allegedly multiplied over the years on a scale bigger than the alleged growth of the population of Sabah.

Note: All statements made are an opinion based on perception and not on facts and may be untrue (just covering my a..)

Phua Kai Lit
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Phua Kai Lit

I agree with “Myblog”‘s comment

adiba
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adiba

This is expected when you shift the resources to those 1Malaysia clinics. It is a zero sum game after all.