WHO: Malaysia’s healthcare system top class

WHO: Malaysias healthcare system top class

by Philip Kiew, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on September 27, 2014, Saturday

MIRI: The World Health Organisation (WHO) is impressed with Malaysias healthcare system despite only spending barely 4.3 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product on this sector.

WHO regional director (West Pacific) Dr Shin Young-Soo, whose three-day visit to the state ended yesterday, said Malaysias healthcare was one of the best among the 37 member states.

He was accompanied by, among others, the Health Ministrys director-general Dr Noor Hisham Adbullah and state Health Department director Dr Zulkifli Jantan.

The life expectancy average of 74 years and infant mortality rate of six per 1,000 live births are indicators, comparable to developed countries, said Dr Shin.

Dr Shin said he was also impressed with the medical services and facilities at Mulu Rural Clinic, Marudi Hospital, and Miri Hospital.

Asked about areas that could be improved upon, he replied: Perhaps, Malaysia can raise health spending to six per cent, and you can see a lot more changes to the already very high standard achieved presently.

He added that some countries spent at least eight per cent of their GDP.

Evolving technologies, rising living standard, and demand for quality health care and services, he opined, would push the government to do better for the people, particularly in towns and cities, due greater social mobility.

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