Malaysia - Senior citizens can look forward to a healthy start to the new year - they can seek outpatient treatment at government hospitals and clinics without having to fork out a single sen.
Effective yesterday, the Government abolished the token RM1 (S$40 cents) payment senior citizens needed to pay each time they sought such treatment.
The Health Ministry announced in its latest circular that patients aged 60 and above would be exempted from making any payment for outpatient treatment at government hospitals and clinics.
This means that these patients will enjoy medical consultation, check-ups and medication at no charge at all.
The circular, issued by ministry's finance division secretary Wong Foong Lai, stated that the exemption was in appreciation of the contributions made by senior citizens.
Senior citizens would only have to pay a nominal fee if they required specialist care, treatment or hospitalisation…
Lim Wey Wen
If the above were to be in the ST all Singaporeans will know that it must be a joke. But that is real in Malaysia. If only our govt were to treat our seniors better and provide them free medical consultation in poly clinics for common illnesses and cough and colds where no hospitalisation and expensive medical treatment are needed. Our govt is so much richer than Malaysia. If they can afford it, why can’t we? Ok, asking for anything free is like asking to eat in hawker centre, foodcourt or restaurant. How about charging a flat fee of $3 or $5 for the seniors, and NO MEAN TESTING needed?
Many oldies are finding basic healthcare cost quite unbearable. It would be a dream start for 2012. But as they said, tan ku ku. There is no free lunch in paradise. If any oldie is thinking of getting free medical care, try to get admitted into a charity home and go perform in one of the charity shows on TV, and show the world how pathetic and pitiful he is. Then only will he get some charity for free.