Updated on 24 May 2012
Malaysia is working closely with private sector for not only providing healthcare services but also infrastructural support. Indonesia too is looking to adopt the PPP model more actively, but the country is often distracted by profit-making intentions of private hands. To work without political influence, Philippines is working with non-profit organizations who act as partners in delivery of healthcare services and share resources.
Under a public-private partnership deal, Malaysia is building a teaching hospital with private funding worth $130 million. The International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) teaching hospital will have 300 beds and a capacity for 735 students. The new facility will have various medical disciplines, including surgical and medical sub-specialties such as medicine, surgery, oncology, cardiology, neuroscience and others. The university will be developed by Peninsular Medical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ahmad Zaki Resource.
"Malaysia is on a journey of transformation. The country is adopting some innovative methods to speed up healthcare delivery. In order to provide affordable and efficient services, the country is experimenting with the same methods as adopted by successful countries such as Singapore," says Mr Ling Tiang Lai, minister of Health, Malaysia.
Currently, the Malaysian government is providing healthcare services at prices as low as 1 Malaysia Ringgit (0.3 cents). Malaysia is now seeking and engaging public in enhancing healthcare services.
Mr Lai says the initiative of having a savings account for future medical needs is similar to Singapore's Medisafe model. Through this, the government will encourage people to save for their own medical needs. The minister insists that the public has to realize that to meet the healthcare needs, one has to pay.
The country, which has around 7,000 government general practitioners supported by 3,000 private practitioners to reach out to the wide demography, is also promoting medical tourism in the country. It is seeking support of private companies to attract the world's attention.
The developing countries are also aiming to shift the focus from treatment to early diagnosis and build preventive healthcare system. In Indonesia, health awareness and an unhealthy lifestyle are big challenges. The country has appointed volunteers to assist in prevention of diseases such as Hepatitis B and C. It is also working on a universal health insurance system for its citizens to safeguard them from health expenses.