Edited by: Sheera Abg Mansor
KUALA LUMPUR: The government will focus on ensuring that existing medical equipment and facilities are functioning well through the adoption of the “Repairs, Replace and Restore” (3R) approach.
Quoting Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, Bernama said despite the costly investment and time-consuming implementation, the 3R approach is needed to resolve the trend of building new facilities instead of taking care of the existing ones.
Meanwhile, Lim said the government was also concerned with the monopoly over the provision of drugs and its effect on healthcare costs that the study is being conducted with Pharmaniaga to find the best way forward to address the problem.
Currently, the monopoly costs the government more than RM1.1 billion annually.
Meanwhile, in conjunction with the upcoming Budget 2020 announcement on Oct 11, Lim said the government is organizing 12 focus group discussions to obtain views and recommendations where specific issues highlighted during the Budget Consultation Day will be deliberated on June 27 as well as memorandums submitted by industry players, think tanks, academia and non-governmental organization.