BETTER DOCTOR-PATIENT RATIO UNDER 11MP

KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 (Bernama) -- Malaysia will have a 1:400 doctor to
population ratio by the year 2020 with the healthcare system improved through
various strategies under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11th MP).
The upcoming five years will also see the ratio of hospital beds to the
population being reduced to 2.3 beds per 1,000 population, thus enabling more
people to enjoy access to quality healthcare either in public or private
facilities.
The targets will be realised through the extension of services to the
under-deserved communities, especially the poor and low-income households, Orang
Asli in peninsular Malaysia as well as the people in the rural and remote areas
in Sabah and Sarawak.
These targets and approaches are among those listed in the 11MP, carrying
the theme 'Anchoring Growth on People' which was tabled by the Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in the Dewan Rakyat today.
The measures include the deployment of more specialists and skilled
personnel, the establishment of additional healthcare facilities in the areas of
greatest need, and the expansion of outreach programmes.

The five-year plan also projects the upgrading of selected clinics into
advanced clinics that provide a full range of multi-disciplinary services to
enhance and support primary healthcare teams.
To improve the health delivery system, the government will review and
formulate health legislation and intensify enforcement through strengthened
coordination between government agencies and the private sector.
"For example, the government will consolidate health-related enforcement
units in areas such as pharmaceuticals, disease control, food safety, hygiene
and cleanliness, as well as medical practice and professionalism," says the
document.
It also states that the government will implement the e-Health strategy,
which incorporates existing ICT systems into one system-wide model to enhance
health data management, and supports research, development and commercialisation
initiatives.
The report also says that the concept of cluster hospitals would be
implemented in selected locations, where hospitals within the same geographical
location would work as one unit, sharing resources such as assets, amenities and
human resources.

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