Build more hospitals to ensure jobs for doctors: Malaysian medical body

PETALING JAYA - District hospitals should be upgraded to provide training for housemen under Budget 2014, said Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) president Datuk Dr N.K.S. Tharmaseelan.

He said this was important to prevent doctors from becoming jobless.

"There is certainly going to be a surplus of new doctors unless the Government builds more hospitals. Over the last five years, only two new hospitals were built," he said.

He urged the Government to build more 1Malaysia clinics and nursing and retirement homes in rural areas.

The MMA is also hoping for a bigger allocation for the country's health sector and more grants for medical research and the upgrading of IT facilities in private clinics.

He said doctors pay indemnity for the benefit of patients and hence should be given tax exemption in the Budget.

"All medical devices including transplants and drugs should be tax exempted.

"Care for the elderly should receive more tax exemptions," he said, adding that sugar subsidies should be removed and the funds channelled to healthcare.

He also called for a separate health fund similar to Socso and EPF with mandatory contributions by both the Government and individuals.

"Insurance schemes for those above 65 years of age should also be set up," he said.