When doctors can't even afford a Proton

When doctors can't even afford a Proton

In the old days, doctors drove Volvos but now they cannot even afford a Proton, says Qualitas Healthcare chairman and managing director Datuk Dr Noorul Ameen.

Having treated patients for 20 years, he knows what he's talking about.

"I told my only child: 'no way are you going to become a doctor'.

"Ten years ago our consultation fee was RM15 (S$6)  and today it's still the same - it's insulting what doctors earn here.

"Most general practitioners with standalone clinics earn between RM7,000 and RM9,000 per month but spend about 70% of their revenue on overheads," he claims, adding that cost of healthcare delivery worldwide has increased and that Malaysia is no exception.

He feels the Government should either support the private healthcare industry or allow the free market to determine healthcare pricing in the country.

Qualitas is a chain of over 200 clinics, dental clinics and pharmacies in Malaysia, India, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.

Dr Noorul says Qualitas has acquired many clinics in the Klang Valley because GPs cannot sustain their practice.

The Government, he feels, "has no business" telling doctors what to charge if it is not offering tax breaks or incentives for the private sector which provides more than 50% of the nation's healthcare needs.

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