Is there a breaking point for healthcare?


The fall of the ringgit is bound to result in an escalation of healthcare cost. Many items are purchased in foreign currencies resulting in a higher cost for importers. This will range from medical equipments to medications.

Even public services will feel the burden as the Government struggles to finance the healthcare infrastructure under its wings. The inability to increase pay will also lead to further drain of manpower resulting in a leaner and less experienced workforce. The expansion of 1Malaysia clinics is a facade that offers little. Even existing health clinics are not appropriately staffed, especially in rural areas.

We are skating on thin ice. With a stagnating economy and a weakening ringgit, soon the Government will no longer be able to sustain the service. Although healthcare is likely one of the last to suffer, it will be the most damaging on Malaysians.

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