Our healthcare is one of the best out there. Practicing the universal healthcare, our system aims to provide affordable or even free health care for all Malaysians.
Government hospitals supply free medicine to qualified patients on monthly basis. These medicines can cost hundreds of ringgit per patient, and all you have to do to get the help is by filling out an application form.
There are many other programs that help patients get their medicine, such as the Tabung Bantuan Perubatan by the Ministry of Health and by the state’s Baitulmal. These programs have allowed less fortunate patients to have better health without spending a fortune, as one would have if he were to turn to private healthcare.
For instance, my Umi has BP and osteoporosis gets her monthly supply of medicine from the Penang General Hospital. The accompanying picture shows her collection of monthly medicine.
For patients of chronic illnesses such as heart condition, asthma, epilepsy, and diabetes, they have to depend on medication to live normally. The cost of their monthly supply of antibiotics, penicillin, and minerals can burn some deep holes in one’s pocket. With the hospital aid, these patients benefit from better quality in life.
And I say, this is one of the nice things we Malaysians enjoy.